Photographer Robin Alysha Clemens is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From the project ‘Owned By No One’. To see Robin’s body of work, click on any image.
“We are no one.
We are at peace.
We are happy.
We are free.”
Owned By No One is a story about a subculture that wants to protect their visual identity in a dystopian, post-digital age. They want to rediscover their individuality in anonymity in a world where information has become a commodity and society thrives on the destruction of privacy, the id and the ego. They live off the grid in safe houses and only show themselves while being as anonymous as possible. They take off their own fingerprints; mask their faces with reflective masks and wear specific lenses so they are not traceable with iris scans.
It’s a story about privacy and identity and how you can maintain your authenticity in times of technological changes. It’s critical about the digital surveillance state, but at the same time questions the way certain groups try to protest this. Because how free can you really be if you constantly have to limit and hide yourself for the sake of privacy?
All images and text © Robin Alysha Clemens
By Robin Alysha Clemens