Kate Peters has been “Remote Directing” since 2015 – check out this series called: “Cam Girls”

28 April 2020

It’s funny all this talk of photographers still able to socially distance and shoot via “Remote directing” in the current lockdown situation. It reminded us of Kate Peters’ “Cam Girls” series as published by Wired in 2015.

Here is a bit about the series as written by Kate:

“The internet has changed the way we see the world and how we interact socially, people edit their online lives for others to see. How accurate a portrayal of our society will this legacy of online images leave? How will the evidence of our existence be read in the future? One area that has grown massively in the age of the internet is the online sex industry. Webcam girls are a product of this development, capitalising on our voyeuristic cyberculture. A lot of my photographic work is based on my interest in women and the sex industry and the choices that women make to become a part of that.

The women sell fantasies, and after a session they will return to watching television, preparing a meal, chatting with friends.

For this project I have been working with independent ‘Cam girls’ – women who earn a living performing in front of their computer screen, selling fantasies to predominantly male clients from the comfort of their sofas or bedrooms. The series has been produced using Skype directing the women via my web-cam, arranging props / lighting and poses remotely, then re-photographing the results from my computer screen.

The images reference the parallel expansion of pornography with the birth of photography in the 1800’s, I have taken inspiration from the tradition of the female nude in painting and incorporated art historical references into these contemporary settings produced using modern technology, a surreal but contemporary representation of women and the online sex industry.

The Cam Girls present a version of themselves to be surveyed anonymously, but is that not what we are all doing? How will the evidence of our own existence be distorted by this ideal self image laden online world?”