Image and text courtesy of Jules Perrenot.
“The photographs in this project were produced during a trip to Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. All materials and items in the images, some obviously designed in North America or Europe, were produced in Asia and purchased on the island of Penang. Less than 500 Malaysian ringgits (120 USD) were spent in total to purchase the set and products. The project explores aspects of globalization. As a privileged tourist, even living as a student, I was able to experience living like the #1 simply by traveling to a place where my money would more powerfu.l In this dream-like setting it is easy to indulge, let go, forgetting the complex socioeconomic factors that enable our consumption – global marketing strategies, labor exploitation, exhaustion of resources, social dumping, growing inequalities to name a few. Pulling inspiration between fashion, product and still life photography my intent was to convey the tension between living in paradise and its consequences. Like the purchased items in the photographs suggest, I myself had a sip of Penang’s bliss. Rather than pointing fingers I wish for this project to acknowledge the situation and consider a better tomorrow.”
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Editor’s comment: “Simple designs are often the most powerful. Here the photographer uses still life photography with bright, popping colors and palpable textures to illustrate “the tension between living in paradise and its consequences”. The colors and clean composition do an exemplary job of drawing us in.”