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At the age of sixteen I moved from Germany to the United States, and one of the first things I noticed about my new surroundings was the difference in color. Not that I was living in a colorless world, but this new reality was formed by a clash of vibrant colors, symbols and signs. I was overwhelmed, as well as excited, because I felt like everything around me was there to entertain me and distract me. In combination with that, something that I wasn't used to seeing, was peoples' need to consume and to be entertained. Not only did advertisements give me this sense, but also the large variety of things to choose from. I remember standing in stores, movie theatres or malls and being very overwhelmed. But I was excited by this new distraction, and the more I got used to it, the more I began photographing what my eyes were drawn to. The more I photographed these surroundings, I came to realize that I was interested and fascinated by artificiality, consumption and materialism. I chose the title "Brief Indulgence", because those things which we consume, give us temporary pleasure and distraction. The term "indulgence" can also be defined as "gratification of desire" which applies to many things we do each day. These photographs represent my stream of thoughts throughout this experience, some more extreme than others.
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von Klencke, Valentina Viktoria, "Brief Indulgence" (2013). Senior Projects Spring 2013. 156.
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