S a n t a R a m p a g e
For several years I had heard about these wild Santa Rampages (organized by the San Francisco Cacophony society) in which hundreds of members dressed in Santa suits congregate on a given day (not xmas) and in a certain city, and cause havoc chaos and fun wherever they go. I am not a real big Santa fan, and not into mobs, but when I heard in 1998 that they were planning on going to New York on December 18th, I had to go. What attracted me to the event itself and which rang true throughout the experience was the interplay between this group of obnoxious Santas and the unexpecting public - that everyone was effected by our presence and mostly in a very positive way. I found the experience to be similar to that of being in an Art Car; this ball of energy rolling forward collecting the glances and stares laughs and smiles of a public that we just happened upon.
On this trip I shot about twenty
minutes of 16mm film with an old Bell & Howell camera and shot hundreds of
35mm stills, the best of which appear in the gallery to follow. For more on
Santa Rampages, have a look at: http://www.santarchy.com/archives/