Where do you go to shop?
American photographer Brian Ulrich
documents the spaces where middle-class and lower-class westernerers (Americans
and Brits) shop for their stuff. The cool objective gaze of the camera
cannot help but capture the soulless situations in which people lose themselves
In shopping malls and “Big Box” retailers, we discover a universal
zombie-state of shoppers (no one looks really alive, alert, excited, engaged
– or even enraged). A stupor seems to have fallen over
the lot, as they glance with glazed eyes at plastic wrapped flowers, pre-packaged
vegetables and piles of synthetic fluff toys. One notices the harsh fluorescent
lighting and garish, thoughtless displays that somehow still fuel desire
in people who must go out and buy things.
In “Thrift Stores” the same stuff is recyled for consumption
one more time. The left-overs for second-generation users are treated
with even less respect and more disdain. Piled in heaps with haphazard
One doesn’t know which is worse: the glut and overabundance mass-produced
junk, or the shoppers who pause for less than a moment to “do”
wine-tasting on the run.
— Jim Casper