A collection of outdated tech photos.
Meet Raven Smith, the Commissioning Director for Nowness and Instagram content-enthusiast. For this exclusive collaboration, Smith brings us his usual sense of irony with a collection of photos featuring outdated technology. He has a few rules to what makes the cut: it has to be a film set in modern times, with tech that’s completely dated since it aired. “It has to be current and then it fades and now it looks like a relic of a different time. An ornament of the past. The cutting edge once the edge has gone dull,” he says.
We caught up with the London-based director to chat about his love for Princess Diana and what he’s listening to right now.
How do you define your social media presence?
Talking to myself alone in a room but you can hear.
Favorite image you’ve ever posted?
Diana in the Sony cap and safety goggles. What a woman. I have a dislike of Kate Middleton based exclusively on the fact she’s not Diana.
Weirdest DM you’ve gotten?
None that weird. I just checked. Most messages are from friends-of-friends who I’m trying to side-friend off the original friend.
What are you listening to right now?
Bam bam by Sister Nancy. I actually fucking am. I’m not trying to be cool.
Moment you’re most proud of both professionally and personally?
I’m at a point in my life where I can buy organic milk.
How do you continue to evolve in your work?
Try not to get complacent. Listen to people’s responses. Honestly, I find the more I experience offline-tv, gallery, restaurant etc-the more more random dots in my head there are to connect and make something different. Familiar, of course, but different.
Favorite decade? Why?
That bit right at the end of the nineties where we all thought the millennium bug would make planes drop out the sky. I was wearing a bucket hat.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I’m contractually obliged to say my husband.
Tell us something dope about you that most people don’t know.
All of my secrets are boring.
What are you wearing right now?
3 year old Acne shorts with a crotch hole that means I accidentally flash my nuts in meetings. When they finally disintergrate they’re getting a sea burial like the necklace in titanic.
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