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.

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San Lorenzo Fiesta, Penasco, New Mexico, August 1998


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Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, June 1998


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Harris Teeter store, Durham, North Carolina, March 1998


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Best Buy, Durham, North Carolina, September 1998


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Carolina Friends School, Durham, North Carolina, October 1998


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Kit Carson National Forest, New Mexico, July, 1999


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  • marysmith23

    wow I think that all this pictures are amazing i want to congratulate the one who get this shots are awesome and put us to think in our kids. are we loosing the battle against the stupid games?? or we just give up … we need to recuperate our kids get them to the park play with them.. i just hire an Atlanta photographer just for my kid an me to learn how to get pics like this.. this is a simple way to fight against electronic games ..

  • dranagar

    Now there is PSP and NDS, God save us. My daughter too is into this portable game addiction :-(

  • Ben

    I love this one:

    http://gawno.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/21g

    The dog staring at the screen just completes the picture brilliantly :)

    I used to be able to focus on my gameboy like that, but now at 21 find I can no longer do it.

  • Ben

    I love this one:

    http://gawno.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/21g

    The dog staring at the screen just completes the picture brilliantly :)

    I used to be able to focus on my gameboy like that, but now at 21 find I can no longer do it.

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