'Falling stars' is the new Instagram craze, and isn't meaningless
Just when the craze around the deadly KiKi challenge is fading, a new (but, this time meaningful) photo challenge has replaced it. The 'Falling Stars Challenge' is a trend in which people are posing in pictures lying flat on their faces as if they have fallen down. It's already viral on Instagram with #fallingstar2018 or #fallingstarschallenge and the photos might make you think deeper.
The idea behind the photo challenge
A photograph is not just a good array of light captured by a great lens, but the reflection of an idea. And the idea behind the #fallingstarschallenge is "the loss of composure when a person unexpectedly goes ass-over-teakettle," says the man behind it. While we hold onto the concept of things coming together, photographer Sandro Giordano's photo series celebrates the beauty of falling apart.
The photos show black rotten side of all of us
"For every single photo, I create a story. In most cases, I tell of common people incurring classic everyday accidents, revealing where possible, the black rotten side of everyone of us," Giordano said. The series is a consequence of an accident Giordano had suffered last summer. As he fell from his bicycle, he held onto the objects he was carrying instead of protecting himself.
The series is a result of Giordano's personal philosophy
Giordano noticed a pattern of personal philosophy in people falling down, and he was uncomfortable with it. "We live in sad times when material things, expensive or not, have become more important than our own lives. I started feeling the need to capture that exact moment--the moment of the impact. I wanted to do it ironically, and play down the seriousness," he said.
The comical touch to the tragedy
"I enjoy the idea of people becoming victims of their own obsessive and compulsive neurosis, but there had to be a comical side to tragedy," said Giordano as people all across follow his photo series, making it the next big internet trend.
It all started from Russia and Russian riches
According to Indian Express, the viral series actually started in Russia. It gained popularity, specifically with super-rich Russians, for showing off their wealth i.e., "stars" falling off from private planes to yachts. While the fallen objects differ from humans to dolls to mobiles, the degree to which we relate to these photos shows how much we relate to the consequences of the apparent fall.
The trend has now moved beyond Russia
Now that the trend has spread worldwide and has people all across the world attempting it, from that pink girl to a toddler, why are you missing the chance? Go out, and don't be scared to fall. Meanwhile, check out some of the falls here.