Shooting Stars, Fallen ManA documentary
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
19 th 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.