Here, but not here: Photographs of families held together by love, Skype

Published: Monday, Sept. 10 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Tye family, Paris and Singapore by John Clang (The Atlantic) Tye family, Paris and Singapore by John Clang (The Atlantic)

Our take: In today's world, families are often scattered across states if not continents as children grow older and move away for school and work. One photographer is attempting to bridge the geographical divide and bring families together through digital portraits.

We live in a world in which some of the people we are closest to are often not near us at all.

When we document our day-to-day existence in photographs and Instagrams, these people are absent. Their presence in our lives is missing from our digital memories.

Photographer John Clang's series Being Together seeks to correct this. Using Skype and projectors, he captures families visually as they are virtually.

"In these images," Clang told me over email, "I am marking the time for these families, enabling them to remember these strange moments of togetherness with the technology presently available. The picture doesn't stop here, it lingers on in their memory. It embraces the intimacy and closeness of a family, no matter how far apart they are."

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