In his latest project ‘Off II 2010’ Danish Photographer Johan Rosenmunthe has downloaded pictures of ‘friends’ that he only knew through the Internet, and gave them a new context. The persons are only visible through a digital representation, while the surroundings are as analog as possible.
The sceneries are photographed places that invited to interaction – places that missed the company of human beings. The milieu adds a new meaning to the way the digital personas act, and gives their simplified characteristics meaning and personality again, by adding a setting to their digital components. Inspiration for this project Johan Rosenmunthe got through digital communication like Facebook, Twitter, online dating and personal websites, in which the representation of our personality becomes more and more streamlined. ‘We have the possibility to project an idea of how we are as a person into the world around us, but with the constant option of censoring information and invent fictional characteristics. Never have we had access to so much information about each other, and never has the information been so unreliable.’ The images themselves provide scenes of isolation and loneliness, as the characters within are so seemingly detached from their environment.
All images © Johan Rosenmunthe