These images stem from a series of self-portraits centered around the theme of Identity and how our we define ourselves. This particular subset of images is inspired by the writings of the post modern philosopher Michel Foucault. Foucault made the observation that society is like a panopticon - a prison designed in the shape of a nipple, with a guard tower in the middle encircled by a ring of cells. This design allows a handful guards to keep watch on a large number of inmates. Since the guards can see the inmates but the inmates can't see the guards, the inmates don't know when they are being watched. Foucault argued that in our societies, we are both inmates and guards of this panopticon. These images explore this relationship of self-surveillance and the effect it has on how we think about ourselves.
In short, this is how I feel when I'm logged into social media. Social media apps are constantly telling me that they know me better than I know myself. But something is always a little off, it's almost as if the color is not quite right.
My name is Johnny Tang, and I am an emerging Asian American fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Somewhere between eye candy and mind candy is where I want my work to live, and my process is about constantly trying to find that right balance.
See more at: http://www.johnnytangphoto.com
Submitted to Ello Artist Invite: Surveillance