With my knowledge of graphic design and concern for media distortion I was inspired to develop this contemplative installation intended for the public. Photo-journalism continues to bear a remarkable impact on society's opinions and actions. This influence has prompted me to explore further the dependability of photography in the new age of technology.
Through this process of trying to understand the many dynamics of photo editing, I wanted to design an installation that would encourage a thought-provoking experience, making the viewer question their perceptions and heuristics when obtaining information for photos in the digital world.
Entering the space
The installation begins with an introduction to an area to scan a QR code, this code provides a guide for the user to follow as they move through the space. When first walking in, the user is presented with 4 images, where they are prompted to answer brief reflection questions for each photo as they digest it.
(This is all prompted through the code that would bring up a browser on their device as shown in this example)
The questions they will be asked are:
Does this photo further an agenda?
Does this photo evoke an emotion from myself or others?
Do you think this photo has been manipulated in anyway?
After submitting the responses they will be prompted to continue to phase 2 of the installation. This is where they will be asked to reflect on the newsfeed wall which consists of phrases and statements taken from social media platforms made on behalf of those images. They will be asked to reflect on one question and then wait to be prompted to phase 3.
At this point in the installation they will be informed that the photos they just reviewed were actually manipulated imagery. The viewer is now questioning their heuristics and the ways in which they validate the information they are presented with, especially in the digital media. They walk through the hallway and see the side by side originals and fake images.
On their phone, the page has now prompted them to enter into phase 3 of the installation and hit ready when they have finished the walkthrough. They are then prompted with one final question as they exit the door, leading them to the final explanation of the installation and its purpose.
Fake + Real Photos
Fake + Real Photos
Installation exit point
On their device, as the submit their last response they are prompted to provide a name and email address where they will receive an email with their survey results and get access to ways in which they can spot fake images in the future.
Tips to spot a fake image:
Search for identical patterns
Beware of Low Quality Images
Pay attention to reflections
Evaluate Naturalness of tones and colors
Get image Metadata
Assess the perspective, shadows and proportions
Use reverse image search