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"Somebody's Watching Me"

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2022

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"Pine Needles Soup"

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2022

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"Apple of Discord"

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"Silent Night"

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"Skating Through"

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"Keep a Fire Burning"

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"Eve"

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"There is Always Hope"

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"Daydreaming"

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"Where Do You Go"

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"Po"

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"The Rumors"

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"Unicorn Farm"

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"For No Good Reason"

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"They All Leave"

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2022

TEXT:

 

   The year is 2022. Every year during the Christmas season, at my wife's request, I would take her and our children to a studio photo session to "create cherished memories." However, this year held deeper significance. My relationship with my wife had deteriorated to the point where we were discussing separation.

   Given this backdrop and my growing dedication to photography, I proposed an alternative to the usual studio session. I suggested that instead of going to a studio, I would personally capture the holiday season through my own lens, thereby creating a set of memories that were meticulously curated and deeply personalized. This initiative gave birth to the photographic series presented here. Remarkably, my wife embraced this idea, and our relationship improved significantly, leading to renewed familial happiness.

   **Postscript: A Therapeutic Exercise**

   The narrative provided above serves as a therapeutic construct. The truth is, after 15 years of companionship and seven years of marriage, my wife left me. This event precipitated a decline in my mental well-being, necessitating therapy sessions. During these sessions, I discovered an exercise that profoundly aided my healing process. By reimagining this period and events with a different, more positive outcome, I could mentally inhabit an alternate reality. This series of photographs represents a journey into that envisioned reality, where the story concludes happily.

   I have always been an advocate of the predetermined multiverse theory, positing that there is an infinite array of parallel universes where, despite divergent events, everything is predestined from each universe's inception. My therapeutic methodology is rooted in this concept: by consistently reconfiguring and reimagining this pivotal period, I transport myself to a universe where I successfully navigated the challenges and preserved my family.

   While I acknowledge the disparity between this constructed reality and my actual experiences, I utilize this mental exercise to transcend my trauma and potentially preempt future occurrences. This series invites the audience to engage with the series from this perspective. I encourage each viewer to envision their own alternate version of this period, interpreting each photograph as belonging either to this reality or another. The images act as catalysts for a mental voyage through the multiverse.

   In essence, "Rewriting Christmas" allows us to collectively explore multiple alternative realities, coexisting simultaneously across various parallel universes. Through this series, we delve into the interplay between art, memory, and the multiverse, fostering a unique communal experience.

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