Arts and Entertainment
Best Photo Series
Geolocation by Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman
Published: September 18, 2013
Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman’s ongoing series (one of several the pair have worked on collaboratively) juxtaposes beautiful shot photographs of seemingly empty urban and suburban landscapes alongside social media posts. The most iconic image from the series so far is a beautifully composed photograph of what appears to be a lonely roadside motel. A single car sits alone in front of a bank of rooms. Puddles are scattered throughout the parking lot (from a fresh rain? We don’t know.). The caption reads: “Tell me I’m not making a mistake. Tell me you’re worth the wait. #fb”. What’s so interesting about the project is that it’s not an arbitrary pairing—it’s that they use the GPS coordinates embedded in the post to take the photo where the post was actually made, and as soon as an hour after. The most ephemeral of modern communication tools, social media, is thus made hauntingly real. Viewing them, one can’t help but reflect about their own social media missives, the circumstances around them and how technology can transform a seemingly fleeting thought into something both public and persistent.