Recently, I once again allowed myself to think I had a chance, a pretty damn good chance of being accepted in a group show that United Photo Industries was presenting on the topic of Surveillance. I really thought I had put together a winning team of images illustrating various aspects of surveillance in our private, public and inner lives (within the 8 images requested). Obviously, they didn't think so, and just as obviously, there is no way to decipher why...
SECRETS & LIES is a juried photographic exhibition that explores issues of anonymity, surveillance, and the illusion of privacy in a digitally inter-connected world.Photographers are invited to submit photographs that address, respond, criticize, and/or challenge the new realities of our public/private existence.
Artist Statement: Watching The Watchers Watch
Government surveillance and its accompanying paranoia of secrecy and anxiety are now prevalent on several levels of consciousness, both real and imagined. Spying in our name throughout the world is meant to keep us safe from "others," and monitoring our private info right here at home, to protect us from ourselves. Surveillance programs exist in the public domain and consciousness as both threat and savior- from the reality of our everyday, workaday world to our utmost delusional machinations.All Photos © All Rights Reserved- Stan Banos