this is interesting: a photo essay (by Shauna Frischkorn) of teenage boys playing shooter video games, revealing faces that have a look of religious euphoria. an article on the photo essay, published in mother jones, says:
Eyes cast upward in ecstatic contemplation—500 or 600 years ago these expressions might have been found in a work by Raphael or Guido Reni. But Shauna Frischkorn, an associate professor of art at Pennsylvania’s Millersville University, has captured the agony and the ecstasy of our own age in a wide-ranging series of portraits: no monks or saints, just ordinary teenage boys playing Halo. She says that “while they seem passive, they’re actually performing fast-paced maneuvers and executing split-second decisions, making these portraits of intense concentration.”
More of Frischkorn’s photos can be found at motherjones.com/gameboys.
here are a few of the photos:
(ht to bob carlton)