I hate to admit this but I was watching an episode of Scandal while I got the idea to do this project. The episode, in a somewhat Edward Snowden style, revealed the NSA's efforts for complete surveillance of US citizens including being able to tap into the camera on their phones and laptops. Creepy, and probably not far from the truth.
If all of our real life and online activity are constantly being monitored I thought it would be an interesting to create a space on the web that was looking back. A sea of eyes staring back at you with different ranges of emotion and movements.
I didnt want to think too much about it and just wanted to go ahead and do it, so I quickly reached out to my friends on Instagram and asked them to submit video of their eye for a project I was working on with the following guidelines :
-Video must be uploaded to Instagram (not DMed to me) with the hashtag #igotmyeyesonyoudotcom and/or @atifateeq. -Your eye must be centered in the frame. -Have fun with it and be creative!
Since then I received a handful of responses that got the boll rolling and started putting the site together. Take a look www.igotmyeyesonyou.com
I take all the project I work on very seriously and this time around I wanted to be a bit more playful and lighthearted so it only made sense for the websites soundtrack to be Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" in which Drake repeatedly says "I got my eyes on you".
I don't have enough Eyes yet so there are a bunch of repeats but the goal is to have a grid of many different eyes. I would love for you to participate and submit, it's fairly simple, just follow the guidelines above.
If you have questions, suggestions or comments about this please let me know below or email me directly.