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Being Together, Thousands of Miles Apart: 11 Poignant Family Portraits Taken with the Magic of Skype

By Meredith Carroll |

John Clang Being Together

The Tye family in Paris (and New York)

Technology can do a lot of things, but it can’t physically put you in the same room as someone thousands of miles away on a moment’s notice.

However, one artist figured out a way to emotionally put families in the same room and make it appear as if they’re present in the same space and at the same time.

New York-based photographer John Clang used a webcam to capture live recordings of his family in Singapore, which were then transmitted via Skype to him in Manhattan, where he projected them onto his living space.

“This is how families, dis(membered) through time and space, can be re(membered) and made whole again through the use of a third space, a site that is able to reassemble them together within the photographic space that we call a family portrait,” Clang said.

The complete “Being Together” series of 40 portraits will be on display at the National Museum of Singapore in 2013. Here’s a look at 11 of them:

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Wong Family, New York

"Drawing upon my own experiences of being separated from my family as a New York-based Singaporean," Clang writes, "this work documents and examines our condition of new-wave diaspora - Singaporean families of various races and ethnicities grappling with the same predicament of separation through time and space."

All photos used with permission from John Clang

Source: Mashable

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