Shadow Workers



Exploring the act of superimposing anonymous labor force workers onto the architectural spaces they once occupied, Shadow Workers acknowledges the replacement of human interaction aligned with the evolution of machines.

Written & Photographed by
Kristen Powell



This series experiments with appropriated archives of labor force positions now obsolete in nature. I have explored the act of superimposing anonymous characters onto architectural spaces, specifically environments in which they once existed. My photographic process plays with visual perception through conjuring an illusion of compressed time. Scenes presenting the semblance of a worker aim to acknowledge the replacement of human interaction aligned with the evolution of machines.



Parking Garage Tickets, Medford, MA 2017

Railway Ticket Attendant, Newton, MA 2017

Bank Teller, Tolland, CT 2017

Return Desk Librarian, Newton, MA 2017

Gas Pump Attendant, Newton, MA 2017



Explore more work by Kristen Powell through her website at kpowellphoto.com. Keep up with her through Instagram @k_powellll and Facebook.