Whether it was last year or the year before that, you remember the last time you fell like it was yesterday. The day had only just begun, the gash on your knee was deep, the rip in your favorite trousers was irreparable – and yet all you could obsess about was just how many people were around to witness it. Or maybe that’s just me?
Depicting the it-would-be-tragic-if-it-wasn’t-so-hilarious factor of such a common scenario is Sandro Giordano of @_remmidemmi, an Italian actor and photographer who has dedicated his career to his In Extremis series. The meticulously staged photographs – everything from the set and props to the costumes of the “victims” are planned in advance – aim to capture society’s obsession with appearance and what happens the exact moment we no longer have any control over it.
“My photographs are ‘short stories’ about a world that is falling down. Each shot tells about worn out characters who, in a sudden blackout of mind and body, crash with no attempt to save themselves. They are unable to because of the fatigue of the everyday representation of living, oppressed by appearance instead of simply existing,” he says. Here, Savoir Flair shares its favorite visuals from this fascinating (read: equal parts comical and cringeworthy) series. We dare you not to laugh.