This sequence shows the ritual, ‘The Death of the Christmas Experience’: presents are torn open to reveal the emptiness inside - an existential void to expedite Christmas angst and see in the New Year. The protagonist, chosen by their tribe of fellow photography students, undergoes intensive training and preparation for this moment. Force fed a diet of Marx, Gramsci, Adorno, Debord and Althusser, the student engages in the frenetic process until exhausted, then falls, to be ceremonially covered with the forlorn boxes and paper, and observed by the high priests. The priests don the ‘Buckets of Significance’, chant the sacred words of One Direction’s Harry Styles, then leave the sacred alter of the immobile VW flatbed, as a crowd gathers in welcome silence to serenely contemplate the nonsense they’ve just observed.
Had a great time hanging out at the Google seattle campus last week to take a few photos of Christine, who is a UI designer at Google, Aussie, yoga instructor, and just generally super cool. Also these chairs were totally Trekky, and the wall opposite says “May the Schwartz be with you”. Love the light from the Profoto B1 and Elinchrom Deep Octa. The last image was for fun as I wanted to capture some motion with the foosball table, so set the B1 to second curtain sync and dragged the shutter to get some motion blur while using the flash at the end of the exposure to keep things sharp!