Digital photographic collage including an "instant" camera, pack of film and polaroid images of Grand Rapids. Background is rainbow colored with stripes.
For his senior thesis photography show, Thomas E. White was influenced by growing up in the 1980s and 90s, and the wide number of technological changes he’s witnessed since then. But for White, it’s not just about telephones losing their cords or cameras losing their film, but rather the change in how one interacts with these objects that connect us with family and change our daily lives. On this project he states, “Since the start of the digital revolution, my idea of what the future will look like has been constantly changing and evolving. Growing up with physical media and mechanical devices, now most of the devices I interact with have touch screens with many connecting to the internet… This has had a surprising effect on some of us who miss interacting with tangible items… Even my latest instant camera makes physical prints and saves a digital version of each image making those photos easier than ever to share, paying tribute to the past while looking towards the future. As much as I love retro stuff, it was the digital age that allowed me to discover my passion for photography and incorporate that with my love of advertising.”