Beatrice Jansen's photos of floating bags make me laugh at myself. I remember the first time I watched 'American Beauty' when I was like 16, and saw the scene where Jane watches Ricky's videos and finds one where he just videoed a plastic bag blowing in circles on the street for ages(video below). When she asks him about it, he says,
"It was one of those days, when it's a minute away from snowing, and there's this electricity in the air. You can almost hear it, right? And this bag was just dancing with me, like a little kid begging me to play with it, for fifteen minutes. That's the day I realized there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know, but it helps me remember. I need to remember. Sometimes there is so much... beauty... in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in."
At the time, I was like 'Bleugh. Dork. I hope I never turn into one of those trippy artsy douches if I go to art college. It's just a bag.'
I guess I'm one of those trippy artsy douches now.