Double Tap That - Sergio Ingravelle

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The digital era is effing fantastic. Almost everyone we know owns a computer with power and ability that was unimaginable only a decade ago. We hold them in the palm of our hand. On our wrists. In the back pocket of our jeans.

We can travel the world with a few mindless swipes.
Any question we have – any question at all –  we can have it answered in seconds.
Hell, we can even find the love of our life if you’re particularly good at ducking the catfishes.

Like we said … fantastic.
But, as the saying goes … nothing – absolutely nothing – comes for free.

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Because those little computers … also mean that our work email lays on our bedside table while we sleep. We’re literally contactable 24 hours a day. Our brains never really shut off. Blue light, that has been scientifically proven to wreak absolute havoc with our internal body clocks and sleep patterns, seeps from these little blessed computers with every check-of-the-time or social media alert.

We wake up to them and we go to sleep with them.
They, quite literally, consume our lives.
It’s an addiction, really.

Screen time is having such a poignant impact on our quality of life that this month Apple released a weekly alert that analyses how long you’re spending on your screen and what you’re spending it doing. On Linkedin, horrified parents are flogging the 30 hours a week their kids are glued to their phones for career experience instead. You know … human interaction and all of that.

Sure – the digital era is effing fantastic. But at what cost?

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German illustrator Sergio Ingravelle commentates on this eternal question with beautiful artwork in a series called ‘Mindshots’.

Using a visual language he’s been developing for over a decade, each piece pulls on the power of symbolism and the whole ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’ thing. From pollution to technology addiction, he wrestles complex themes with the perfect juxtaposition of minimalist styling. In fact, it’s the negative space in his work that does the hard work, offering support to the block shapes and clean lines to remove the noise just long enough to bring the message into sharp contrast.

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Sergio has compiled these works over many years, bringing to life thoughts and wonderings while travelling, after a challenging conversation with his friends, or even just while bored to death in the doctor’s waiting room. His favourite 50 are archived in his book (which is now available on Amazon, if you fancy).

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But our challenge to you is this – have a scroll through his work but take the time to actually look at it. Absorb it. Then maybe go and check out your screen time data. That little super-computer you’re holding in the palm of your hand? What are you using it for? Or, has it just become a little vortex of time? Hey, we’re all guilty here.

- Sergio’s Website

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