16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
untitled, Lower East Side, 2018

In this streetscape, the subject is both intrinsic to and alienated from the surrounding city. The ritualized activity of looking down at your phone is punctuated and made singular by the structures that frame the subject: a grid, a reflection, and an outstretched hand. I like to think of the painted man on the left of the frame as summoning the centered subject to put down his phone.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2018
Date Uploaded: 04.2018
Photo Location: Manhattan, New York, United States of America
Camera: QSS-32_33
Copyright: © Liam Lee