Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bring your own lampshade, somewhere there's a party

I am thankful to The Moment blog at the New York Times for making me aware of Sorry I Missed Your Party, which posts and wittily comments upon photos people have uploaded to Flickr which show them having a good time.

Or not, as the case may be.

And this is one of the weirdly compelling things about the site.

All these presumably candid moments of human beings engaged in celebrating...well, whatever...certainly do, of course, provoke plenty of laughter.

But there is a distinct current of something else in many cases. Something grotesque and unpleasant.

Something sad.

And you even get a glimpse of true existential despair, such as this photo from a Christmas party held at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL Library last December:


More proof, were any needed, that there are few things that provide a better vantage point for viewing the abyss of existence than your typical office party.

Other than -- maybe -- this photo (note: involves nudity. Really rather unpleasant nudity.)


headbang8 said...

If that nude gentleman is "rather unpleasant", then I can give up on ever having sex again, personally.

J. Carter Wood said...

Well, that's just my personal evaluation. No accounting for taste, etc. You know.

Obviously, there might be someone who's hot for him. Possibly someone in that very tent he's posing in front of. Perhaps, in that photo, he is just emerging from a rather lengthy and steamy episode with said admirer.

That might explain his redness of face and triumphant pose.

I'm just speculating here.

Let's set our standards (and self-esteem) high, eh? Eh?!

Geoff Coupe said...

This is why most of my party pictures are set to be seen only by family and friends on Flickr. It's done to protect your eyeballs, and me from embarassment...

J. Carter Wood said...

Much appreciated...

I'm just glad that digital photography (let alone the World Wide Web) did not exist when I was an undergraduate.