I can't see photos, my phone is broken

In April 2015, I decided to move back to India from Paris, by surface, to discover the distance I had put between myself and my home for the past five years. During the trip, my only capture device was a Beautyflex 66, which had a shutter failure early during the trip. Soon after this, I dropped my phone, which happened to also be my point-and-shoot camera. As the screen smashed, I couldn’t quite ‘see’ the photos I was making. People would frequently communicate by sending me pictures on the telephone and as I could never really tell what I was looking at, I often found myself saying, ‘I can’t see photos, my phone is broken'.

The phone as a capture device has earned pride of place in contemporary photography, and has influenced the collective eye itself over time. Its versatility lies in its accessibility and (un)intrusiveness. By making the phone itself the subject, the medium itself comes into question. I can’t see photos, my phone is broken is a celebration of the glitch - the digital aesthetic and also the opportunities presented by everyday irregularities. The images are printed on hyper gloss archival paper in an edition of 5 and in two sizes.