SOCIAL MEDIA ART. Art reflects society. It is a witness of a certain era. Artists are responsible to capture this period of time and represent it through their art.
Today, anyone can take a photo of a scene - which can be perceived as artistic - and share it with others. This, in turn, could be claimed as art, which reinforces the idea that every one of us has at least one, two or three great photographs in them.
The Internet at large, and social networking sites in particular, have blurred the distinction between front and back stage, something that some social theorists would argue is a feature of postmodernity. In a postmodern society, public and private merge and cannot be clearly separated. Sociological changes like these caused by social media can have inherent advantages in several areas of life.
Leroy Brothers’ platform “Witness Your World” is a web-based workflow that collects pictures and messages from users around the world. The content of the images and messages posted on the platform function as an instant mirror of society: information of the immediate and even the superficial, often opposed to the content in photojournalism or staged photography. Contributors share their world with the online community and the result offers a multiplicity of views of the current state of the world.