In his chapter, Archive Noises, Joan Fontcuberta (2014) attempts to define the role and purpose of photography in modern society. Since its existence was announced at the Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Fine Arts, by scientist and politician, François Arago on the 19th August 1839, Fontcuberta (2014) defines modern photographic practice as a discourse between documentation and experimentation, and between memory and forgetting. In other words, the photograph enables us to capture details which the human eye might miss, and serve as a prompt to recall visual data, which would otherwise be forgotten.
Although I haven't even thought about what to do for my first assignment, I have already started to think ahead to assignment 2. One idea is to find images of people so absorbed in with their digital device, that they are oblivious to everyone and everything around them. The images below are samples that I have found on the internet. I have used the Photoshop Fix app to blur everything around the main subject, to suggest that they are not in the their consciousness. At the moment I am wondering how much blur to add to the surrounding area.