Shooting Stars, Fallen Man – A Documentary

by Daniel Haim

The photograph has surpassed the written word as the primary media for personal ‘social’ communication.  Since the invention of the camera, image has become an increasingly potent means of mass communication, for both corporations and individuals and is evidenced in celebrity culture and consumerism.  The 21 st century has seen the total dissemination of this trend to micro-communities, distributed through the internet and made possible by the pervasiveness of affordable compact digital cameras and mobile phones.

Taken during 2006-07, within Madrid’s underground club scene, where the powerful combination of the camera and the internet can be seen to dramatic effect, the photographs document, through portraits, a micro-community in many ways reminiscent of the decadent movement of the late 19th century. The decadents embraced original sin, fallen man and nature, the omnipresence of evil and the grotesque, lack of health, balance and innocence.  They celebrated the perverse, drama, ornate and unnatural.

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