Ruby Steele is an emerging photographer living and working in London. Her work focuses on the complexities of the portrait and of human relationships. A recent graduate from the London College of Communication, Ruby likes to work with 35mm and 6×7 formats in both analogue and digital. We are featuring images from Ruby’s current project, Divine Light.
“The world we inhabit is dynamic, an ever-changing development of power, belief, obsession and knowledge. The technology of photography allows us to bear witness to these changes; it stands as a visual history of growth. This body of work, Divine Light, centres around the concept that we live in a world where technology itself has become a new religion. The collection follows an exploration into power, worship, adoration and control. The dominating force of mobile technology dictates human behaviour in its ability to both constrain and to free. The photography itself observes the work of Caravaggio, Gentileschi and other Renaissance artists, a time period pivotal in the development of religion’s relationship to art and authority, in their consideration of light and the symbolic impact it can have on the viewer.
Mobile technology offers both a platform to form an identity for oneself via social media, and a tool of knowledge. It also offers an escape from reality, into a world of idealism. The anonymity it provides gives confidence to the weakest of people, strength that religion once offered. We inhabit a world where the power lies in the devices that we own.”
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