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Ian Whitmore is a photographer whose works focus on concepts of spatial constructions and conformity to address issues of alienation and identity in a mass-manufactured post-industrial capitalist society. Whitmore’s work “Channels” consists of photographs of televisions in people’s homes, showing the way in which pride of place is given to television sets in each private home. The photos in “Channels” don’t dress up the homes or compositions, but rather reveal the bland and somewhat pathetic nature of the the T.V sets situated within the contexts of each person’s life and space. T.V has become so pervasive in our culture that we take for granted the fact that we can be constantly entertained and fed information by another source at the push of a button. “Channels” also investigates our culture’s obsession with voyeurism and our need to be connected to a constant stream of information.
I find Whitmore’s “Channels” project interesting. Television has become such a ubiquitous part of our lives that we hardly even notice the implications of being constantly passively entertained by a fictional, dramatized account of other people’s lives. By placing the T.V sets within the context of the very humdrum rooms of their owners, one sees recognizes the status given to television and the banality of that status in comparison to actual living.