I am fascinated by the stupidity and the sparkling emtpiness of the Western world.

I copied this from here. I was about to write similar things today. You can see why here

 

This evening I was having my dinner in front of the TV. Ravioli with cream, tuna fish and olives. And my daily triple Screwdriver and some Davidoff Lights. And then it hit me, again. I am sick of it. I am sick of the West. I am so sick if it that it makes me want to vomit my bowels thru my ass. How is it possible? I mean, really, how is it possible that the mankind willingly reduced itself to this? The mindblowingly stupid commercials that are bombing us with all the time? The flashy, empty, pointless images that the Westerners are basing their lifes upon? The fascinating process that reduces the human being to a buying unit? Buying, selling, economics, new products, new trands, ins and outs of season, advertising, PR, smiley faces, shiny teeth, stock exchanges, futures [oh God, do I adore futures!!!!], the new spectacular toothpase, the newest cell phone, soccer players and supermodels, hollow role models, whoaaa, we’re so lucky to be part of it, to be able, God, to be able to buy all these really useful things, to be able to eat our dinners in front of the TV set looking at the latest, never-seen-before-level-of-stupidy reality show. Aren’t we the luckiest, happiest people on this planet? With our secure, nothing-to-be-afraid-of, 1-hour-in-the-underground-to-get-to-work lifes? I am fascinated by the way the Western society is becoming more and more automated, freedomless, shiny and happy. It makes me oh so happy, that I just might go out and buy something. Spend my hard-earned cash on the newest anti-dandruff shampoo, with a never seen before formula. I don’t need it, but the lady in the commercial seems just so happy about it and shiny and flashy and persuasive. Or I could become gay just for the fun of it because it’s so cool, because it’s so in this season, because I am seeing it on MTV every fucking day. Or, if I’m still eleven, I can use my dad’s gun to shoot to death some classmates. Or I could willingly volunteer for my daily dose of brainwashing, doing nothing more but just living in the West. And pay for it. Only 11 euros a month to see all the fucking channels of Sky. Such a bargain, how could you resist? Or if I am a 16-year old model I could go to some of Milan’s l33t nightclubs, like Holywood, Tocqueville, The Club, Casablanca, and sniff some cocain and get my tiny shaved pussy banged by a rich 50-year old dude with a rotten scrot. Or, and that’s even more fun, if I am a 10-year old boy anywhere in Europe or USA I could go to the local catholic church and get my ass fucked by the priest for free, as God’s will is.

Is this what human beings are supposed to be? Is this the future of the human race? Come on, people are starving to death in Africa and Asia, in Northern Thailand and some parts of Southern Africa 30+% of the population has AIDS, BUT we have our brainless soccer players driving around in their new Porsches and if we want we can watch a really amusing TV quiz show every single evening, how cool is that? In the whole of Mongolia they have 80 kilometers of paved roads and the majority of the people is still living in tents (except for Ulan Bataar’s homeless kids who live in the sewers), but we have George Bush and his war on (of?) terror [and please tell me, how stupid exactly are all the Americans?] and Berlusconi’s conflicts of interests. We have MTV, boy bands, hookers, rotten moral values, shiny teeth, happy families, illegal immigrants, fashion magazines (Kate i-am-every-fucking-where Moss is wearing a shitty useless haute couture piece of crap by 10 Corso Como, shoes by Manolo who-the-fuck-is-this-and-why-is-he-so-goddamn-famous Blahnik, make-up by a sloppy fag for Dior, styled by some other useless human being, photographed by the happy queers Mert and Marcus), we have McDonalds and Burger King, Coca Cola, Microsoft and Novartis (oh, did I mention that they sell the medicines that slow down AIDS in Africa at prices that are three times the ones in America?), we are politically correct [and here I am picturing some fat black women chanting ALLELUIAH, oh, Lord, ALLELUIAH], we have so many nice shiny things that make us happy. That make us stick to our spot in the line of the buying units. That’s some proper freedom, ya know. That’s the freedom to choose between forty different types of toothpaste, as Tiziano Terzani said. Can I squeeze in also one of my all-time favorite movie quotes? “This is not life, this is just…stuff” as American Beauty’s screenwriter wrote for Kevin Spacey to say.

I am perfectly, crystally aware that I am not saying anything new, that all this crap is so clichè and naïve and childish and that every single homo sapiens with at least two neurons is aware of this phenomenon. But it has always made me feel sick and now that I am becoming more and more part of it, it’s just slowly driving me crazy. Do you have any idea of the people I meet every day? Of the common grey faces I stare at everyday in the underground? Of the empty, useless lifes I pass by every day?

Of course you have. You are reading this, so you A) know to read, B) speak English, C) have a computer and an internet connection. There’s a 99% probability that you are one of those faces.

How am I supposed to get rid of this? Where I am supposed to go to leave this behind?

And since this is a photographer’s blog, let’s go for some old photographs…:

Gucci, Fendi, Pepsi and a blue hat:

Photograph by Nikola Borissov

Venice, la ville de l’amour:

Venice photographed by Nikola Borissov

Venice photographed by Nikola Borissov

Venice photographed by Nikola Borissov

Louis Vuitton street style, Spring-Summer 2006 Collection:

Louis Vuitton street style, Spring-Summer 2006 Collection

 

DELIGHTFUL!

Photograph by Nikola Borissov

Photograph by Nikola Borissov

Change Your View!

Photograph by Nikola Borissov

And some various, random social outcasts:

Zivot je cudo, Life is a miracle…Isn’t it?

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Mimoza on April 6, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Thus as I read this it appears that you are discussing the injustice (all kinds) of life. However no matter what we do it will always exist, because it is a kind of Jungle law – the strongest (or the smartest) wins the game (or the money). Some people are interested only in their fortune that’s why they’r interested in this not to change. Everything goes around money if you think. Others who feel the injustice are so few that they can do nothing. That’s why this Jungle law will not disappear. It is a non-antiquated value 🙂 It has existed since the Ice Age and it will continue to exist, at least in the closest future 😛 You can’t change it, you can just change one “simple” thing. People always neglect the simple things!!! Always!!! They believe only big things are important, and now you believe that it would be very nice if the whole system of our society is changed. 🙂 However, it will be much more useful if you change this for at least one person. Just like you do with the gipsies! At first it appears a simple thing because it helps only few people, but is the ability to change at least someone’s life for better a simple thing?! You don’t have to change the whole system and the whole society, just a small part of it – and you’re doing it 😛 You should be proud of yourself instead of thinking how to rid of all this 🙂

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