Is it really easier to talk to someone behind a screen? Have a look at Germaine Koh’s oldie-but-goodie project, “Call”, as she challenges social boundaries to tackle this burning question.
Nowadays, most people are more comfortable communicating behind a screen or on the phone. It’s rare to see someone alone on the metro who isn’t busy typing up an email or checking their Facebook notifications.
An old phone in a public place. Ordinary, but alluring. When the receiver is picked up, the phone automatically connects to a random participant who has agreed to receive calls in an attempt to have a conversation with a perfect stranger.
Nothing is scripted. Nothing is recorded. The idea is to have a conversation with a stranger to perhaps discover more about one’s self. Very few individuals can manage the conversation effortlessly without dropping a couple of nervous chuckles and awkward pauses.
Is it really easier to talk behind a screen, or in this case, through the phone? How do you feel logging into the social network that is Lomography.com and conversing with who are likely “strangers”? Does the shared-passion for Analogue suffice as an icebreaker? Do photos do most of the talking? It’s nice to think that perhaps you feel the opposite on our community site – more exposed than enclosed.