Modern Life

What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.” (from “Leisure” by W. H. Davies).

Everyone’s a stranger, passing in the streets but never pausing long enough to meet. Urbanisation and technology have increased the pressures and pace of modern life and this project attempts to capture the resulting feeling of loneliness and separation that can occur in the middle of a crowded city.

People rush past each other without pausing to connect. Shift working neighbours living within feet of each other hardly ever meet, while technology that could connect us, just as often separates us. What little free time we have together that could be spent connecting, is instead spent staring at the bright screens of our digital devices that holds our attention like moths fluttering around a street light.