Cambridge, MA, USA
Dr. Joshua Sariñana (b. 1981) was born in San José, California. He obtained his neuroscience degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles and in a Nobel Prize winning lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After MIT Joshua became a research fellow at Harvard Medical School where he studied the computational processing of spatial navigation. Currently, he is attempting to bridge the fields of neuroscience, photography, and critical theory.
Joshua’s award-winning photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His work was shown in New York City at the SoHo Arthouse (2014), in Paris at the Mobile Camera Club Gallery (2015), in Florence at the Tethys Fine Art Gallery (2015), in Porto at the MIRA Forum Gallery (2015), and in Tokyo at the Institute of Photography (2014).
Most recently, Joshua was a finalist for the 2015 EyeEm photography awards. He was also a 2013, 2014, and 2015 iPhone Photography Awards Winner. His work has been recognized by Lens Culture’s editorial staff and he was a featured artist for the Impossible Project Magazine, the only company to make film for Polaroid cameras. In addition, Joshua's work has been featured on Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, The Art of Mob, and Time Magazine Lightbox. Apple also licensed Joshua’s photography for an iPhone 6 campaign.
In addition to image production, Joshua has published several articles on the intersection of photography, neuroscience, and culture on the leading photography blog PetaPixel. In September he published an article in the photography publication Don’t Take Pictures, in a piece called Nostalgia and the Collapse of Imagination, which was linked to by Communication Arts. He has also been interviewed by several influential photography blogs and as well as Vice Magazine. Joshua currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
2015 - EyeEm Photography Awards, 2014 - Mobile Magic X, 2013 - Photo Nights Boston, 2013 - iPhone Photography Awards, 2015 - Latin American FOTOGRAFIA 4, 2015 - Mobile Digital Art & Creativity Summit, 2015 - American Photography 31, 2015 - iPhone Photography Awards, 2015 - iPhone Photography Awards, 2015 - TZ International Black & White Awards, 2015 - MIRA Mobile Prize, 2014 - Mobile Photography Awards, 2014 - iPhone Photography Awards
- Still life
The repetition of traveling the same path day in, day out whittles away at the vestiges that once made humans great, that of being explorers. Humans evolved to perceive a 3D world that offers rich visual data, training our brain to create elaborate contexts and vivid memories. These functions of the brain create a cognitive map, which is an internal representation of location necessary for navigation. Once a cognitive map is formed less attention is paid to surroundings that were once new, the immediate world becomes familiar, and behavior is automatized. My series contains images of moments across a repetitive commute between home and work.
I seek to understand how the pervasiveness of the mobile image impinges upon emotional connectivity and the perception nostalgia. I aim to show how mobile devices are used to cope with our ever-increasing detachment from those physically near us as we attempt to feel connected in an authentic and meaningful way. I depict a quiet anxiety that fuels our avoidance of being alone together.