Wanting Attention, 1991
In 1991 I made a photography project called "Wanting Attention." At the time, artists and philosophers were buzzing about "information overload," and how, because of the overwhelming presence of imagery from the mass media, we couldn't see things for what they were. I decided to use photography as an investigative tool, and set out to see whether I could document human attention. Using a large format view camera to capture subtleties in expression, I met people on the street and gave them objects to look at, trying to differentiate between when they were looking at something and merely looking in the direction of something.