Life Once Removed
A personal photography project about what is essentially…Spinsterhood, and the American Way.
What would drive you to pack a family of mannequins into your station wagon, and take them on a road trip? Enough pressure to conform will send anyone packing. That’s how I came to this personal project about what is essentially…Spinsterhood, and the American Way.
Well meaning strangers, along with friends and family, would raise an eyebrow when the topic of my unmarried and childless status arose. Indicating with a small facial twitch, not only my audacious freakishness, but that I was a little old for such foolish thinking. I mean, come on, eggs don’t last forever!
But really, what was I supposed to do? You can’t just go out and buy a family. Or can you? I did. They are mannequins. The candy coated shell with nothing inside. We do all those family things, all the while capturing those Kodak Moments. Because it’s not really about the journey, or a genuine human connection, when you’re kids are screaming, “are we there yet?” Is it? It’s about the picture in front of the sign. “Get back in the car, we got the picture. Now, let’s go eat.”
We love & obey the formatted image of a well-lived life. So deeply ingrained is that strange auto-grin we put on when a camera is present. Do we live our lives with a keen awareness of how it feels, or just how it looks?
If I pass through life without checking off the boxes for a wedding ring and a baby carriage, I will be missing the photo album, but not not the point. When I take my photos, others stop and stare, then they ask, “why are you doing this?” They, at that moment, are starting to get the point too.
Go behind the scenes at the studio with Diplo, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon to hear more about the track and collaboration with Frank Ocean.
Ad Campaign by Amnesty International Switzerland
it’s a song about love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land. r.i.p.
“once upon a time, wasn’t singing a part of everyday life as much as talking, physical exercise, and religion? our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes, or walking long journeys. can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece? finding the right songs and singing them over and over is a way to start. and when one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world.” - pete seeger
(photo annie lebowitz)
consumer spending accounts for 70% of the u.s. economy, and the middle class accounts for 70% of consumer spending. but a shrinking middle class shut out of the nation’s economic gains means less consumer spending, which means fewer jobs and lower wages, which means less government revenue for investment in education, research and training
the spending habits of the super rich won’t make up for the drop in consumer demand, and most of their money is put back into the non-job creating financial sector. their money is also spent lobbying congress - 4 billion in 2010, up from1.5 billion in 1998 - for lower taxes and financial deregulation. but as these graphs show, a rising tide does not lift all boats. in fact, america is nearly the most wealth-unequal country in the world. consider:
- 42% of every american child born into poverty will remain in poverty.
- the 400 richest americans own as much wealth as the poorest 150 million americans.
- in 1970, the top 1% of earners took home 9% of the nation’s total income. today, the top 1% control more than 35% of the nation’s wealth.
- in 1983, the poorest 47% of americans accounted for 2.5% of the nation’s wealth. in 2009, the poorest 47% of americans accounted for 0% of the nation’s wealth
- the federal minimum wage is worth 20% less than it did in 1981. if minimum wage kept up with the inflation, today it would be $10.74
- in the 1970’s, the average ceo earned 50 times more than the average employee. by the 2000’s it was 350 times more. the average ceo makes $5,000 an hour.
- in the 1990’s, americans worked 300 more hours a year on average than workers in all other developed nations, though wages have remained stagnant or dropped.
The Cure///three imaginary boys
Hunter’s office, Big Sur.
Enjoy your weekend.