I am totally digging this photographic series by Andy Freeberg, entitled "Sentry". I don't know how many times I've walked into spaces like this - always with an over-sized, white reception desk, it seems - and had this same experience. The top of a head, the absence of a "hello", and the feeling of an unnecessary disconnect. Have you experienced this? Share your thoughts and/or reactions to this series in the comments.
It was an odd moment when I walked into that first gallery in Chelsea and saw a large white desk with a head poking up from the top edge of the computer screen. I took out my camera, carefully framing and exposing the scene, and the head never moved or took notice of my gaze. As I walked around that booming Chelsea neighborhood of art galleries, I began to notice a trend: at some of the biggest galleries there are giant entry desks, where the top of the head of the desk sitter is often the only other human presence. This leads me to wonder, in this digital world of email and instant messaging that supposedly makes us more connected, are we also setting up barriers to the simple eye to eye contact that affirms our humanity?
See the whole series here. More pics after the jump.