Posted on 30. Aug, 2009 by in Lifestyle, Technology

Photographer Alex Harris for two years trying to shot anything that can distract his son from the handheld electronic game “GameBoy”. Unfortunately, this experiment ended in failure.

Here’s what he says about his work.

In 1998 I was asked to participate in the “National Millennium Survey,” to join three dozen American photographers and writers in producing work that spoke of America at the turn of the millennium. At the time, my eight year-old son and his friends were constantly playing “GameBoy,” bringing this small, hand held device with them whenever and wherever they could. They seemed capable of focusing on GameBoy in any setting, and over time developed extraordinary dexterity and skill at these games. If childhood play is in part a preparation for relationships and activities later in life, what were these eight and nine year-old boys preparing for?

What started as a few photographs of a small group of boys engaged in the same activity became a two-year collaboration with my son to see how GameBoy fit into his life. By 2000, as my son began to transition into adolescence and out of playing GameBoy, I had started to pay more attention to the larger phenomenon of America’s growing use of portable electronic devices. Now, I wonder what these photographs are predicting as we transition into our own national electronic adolescence.

Alex Harris.


San Lorenzo Fiesta, Penasco, New Mexico, August 1998


Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, June 1998


Harris Teeter store, Durham, North Carolina, March 1998


Best Buy, Durham, North Carolina, September 1998


Carolina Friends School, Durham, North Carolina, October 1998


Kit Carson National Forest, New Mexico, July, 1999

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  • AML

    Ahh, the joys of the simple life, okey, not so simple life.  Kids are immensely interested in gadgets than to play with actual friends. The photographer capture this addiction in an almost amusing way. Thanks for the post:)