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09 Sep

Eye

Eye
2009
Vinyl on Acrylic Mirror
1200mm x 1200mm x 3mm (9 x 400mm sq Tiles)

Eye is directly commenting upon the ultimate panoptic control of our contemporary society that is being achieved through endemic surveillance. In the name of crime prevention and safety, our basic rights to privacy are diminishing. Most of the patterns, with the exception of a few that are made from padlocks and chains, are constructed out of many different varieties of CCTV camera that were photographed across areas of Cardiff and South Wales in the summer months of 2009. The human eye at the centre of the image signifies mankind’s awakening consciousness in the face of oppression and the Orwellian state.

On one occasion whilst capturing images of surveillance cameras with my SLR, I was clocked by a passing Police van driver who took umbrage at what I was doing. He was driving down a one way street and so could not turn around. He immediately communicated to someone on his radio and within 15 seconds the camera I had just photographed suddenly sprung to life, tilting and turning with its camera lens dilating. It was looking for me and the experience was most intimidating.


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