An increase in U.S. airport security following the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, also led to an increase in security guards asking passengers to take pictures with their cameras in an order to determine they were not weapons.
Thus came the inspiration for Canadian artist Isabelle Devos to launch The Insecurities Project, an effort to collect photographs that passengers took as part of these security requests.
“While there have been many changes in our sense of security, this one may be the only one that is unwittingly being documented; a record being produced by travellers on their journey,” she writes. “With only seconds to consider, is it the security personnel, a travelling partner, luggage, the floor or something else that they choose to take a snapshot of?”
Devos said she hopes to create a traveling exhibit from the photographs she receives.
Pictures may be sent to Devos at: P.O. Box 3168, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada E4L 4N8.
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