SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Phone-mad celebrities grace pages of photo-book
Snapped in secret, the phone-mad stars: From a VERY glamorous Geri Halliwell to rocker Ronnie Wood and actress Naomie Harris, photographer reveals celebrities’ mania for mobiles in stunning new book
It’s the new society parlour game — guess the unidentified celebrities in a new book of portraits, Screen Time, by snapper Dafydd Jones.
Taken over the past ten years, each subject is mesmerised by his or her smartphone to the exclusion of all around them.
Included in the pictures are Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, model Natalia Vodianova and Brazilian Ana Araujo with her now ex-boyfriend, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood.
‘I started taking pictures of celebrities at social occasions when they were staring at their phones rather than looking at each other, which is what they should be doing,’ Jones tells me.
‘In every social situation the smartphone is not only killing conversation, it’s changing the way we look at the world.
‘Who knows what impact it’s having in the bedroom?’
Screen Time by Dafydd Jones is published by Circa and is available to buy on Amazon for £14.95.
Natalia Vodianova (pictured at a charity gala in Hampton Court, London, in 2011) is one of the celebrities in a new book of portraits, Screen Time, by snapper Dafydd Jones
Taken over the past ten years, each subject is mesmerised by his or her smartphone to the exclusion of all around them. Pictured: British television executive and presenter Alan Yentob (right) at a dinner in Whitehall, London, in 2011
Naomie Harris, the actress, was spotted checking for updates at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2011 in London
Author Sir Tim Rice took a break from the action at the London Library Annual Life in Literature Award being held in St James Square, London, in 2013 to check his phone
Damien Hirst and Jay Jopling were both spotted exchanging updates from their mobiles while standing in the middle of an exhibition in the Tate Modern in 2012
Louie Banks was spotted taking a quick photograph of a drink at the Dazed & Confused 20th Anniversary Exhibition in 2011
Spice Girl Gerri Halliwell seemed distracted from the action at a charity gala in Hampton Court, London, in 2011
Brazilian Ana Araujo was photographed at the DSquared2 classic collection launch in London in 2011 with her now ex-boyfriend, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood
Actor Tom Hollander stepped out of the mix at a charity gala in 2011 to check his phone
The photographer who spotted the famous faces said that ‘the smartphone is not only killing conversation, it’s changing the way we look at the world.’ Pictured: A woman on her phone in New York in 2019
Mr Jones added: ‘Who knows what impact it’s having in the bedroom?’ Pictured: Walkers in Green Park, London, in 2019 all consumed by their phones
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