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Jacqueline Hassink – Unwired

There’s a serene element to New York based Dutch photographer Jaqueline Hassink’s latest exhibition at Netherlands Fotomuseum.

Looking at the influence on health and well-being of being constantly online Hassink visited the spots around the world where there is no internet connection – where you can live ‘unwired’.

As a result the images are of faraway remote regions like the Japanese island of Yakushima and the Norwegian island Svalbard, showing us often desolate landscapes and proving how far one has to travel to be free from connectivity.

The peaceful landscapes are contrasted with Hassink’s ‘iPortrait’ images; a series of unposed, taken from the hip pictures of travellers on subway networks in Shanghai, London, New York and Tokyo who are engrossed in their smartphones. Images include information on the inhabitants of each cities phone usage and gives us an insight in to just how much we now rely on these devices and maybe how anti-social we are ultimately becoming.

Until 6 May, Netherlands Photomusuem, Rotterdam

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