In an age of digital immersion and mass stimulation, it might be surprising to learn that 88% of 18 to 24 year olds experience loneliness. The idea of social seclusion is often associated with older generations – the same study found that 70% of over 55s find it difficult to socialise. These statistics highlight the similarities between individuals across today’s society. Photographer Dan Hall deliberates the idea of isolation in a new exhibition, offering intimate examinations of the human condition.
The series, titled Eternal Youth, is on show at JM Gallery, London. Individuals at “opposite ends of adulthood” are found in an array of domestic scenes. Bright colours and cinematic lighting are captured on analogue film. The figures appear powerful yet vulnerable – shielded by hands, windows and mirrors. Featured above is one such picture. A man studies his reflection, highlighted by an artificial spotlight. These bold works tap into the influence of social media on self esteem and human connection. The photographer states: “I discovered that [my subjects] have different beauties but share similar feelings of isolation and loneliness.”
From 6-8 March. Find out more here.
Lead Image: Dan Hall, Untitled 8, from the series Eternal Youth. Courtesy of the artist.
2. Dan Hall, Untitled 5, from the series Eternal Youth. Courtesy of the artist.
3. Dan Hall, Untitled 4, from the series Eternal Youth. Courtesy of the artist.