Thomas Dagg is a photographer after my own heart. His geeky tendencies have inspired his art–one collection is titled “I Want to Believe” (a reference to my beloved The X-Files) and depicts people directly before alien abductions.
Now he’s constructed a collection of photographs where elements of Star Wars invade Toronto. The photos are black-and-white realism and absolutely convincing. An AT-AT amid mundane buildings, a rider and tauntaun on a snow-covered street. In more than one, I had to search a bit of the Star Wars invasion and felt deeply satisfied when I discovered it.
The effect is postmodern pastiche–a blend of genres and worlds. It suggests the type of mind that lives in the mundane but clings to the fantastic, or alternatively sees the fantastic in the mundane.
I absolutely suggest taking the time to look through the collection. It is amusing and surprising.