What do the Imperial Stormtroopers do, when not busy protecting the Galactic Empire? According to photographer, Jorge Pérez Higuera, they are quite like us, spending their free time washing dishes, eating cereal, doing laundry, paying bills, checking food labels at the grocery store, knitting sweaters and even sipping fruity cocktails while relaxing in the Jacuzzi.
In his quirky and somewhat-whimsical collection of photographs, called The Other Side, the artist reveals the startlingly ordinary everyday lives of these otherwise formidable killing machines. The idea, for the project, took root in him when, as a college student in Madrid, Higuera acquired a second-hand Star Wars Stormtrooper armor. Speaking about his creation, he said:
I like to think that in my photography I can represent everybody and nobody in particular. I love the idea that the stormtrooopers’ roles are assigned by the spectators’ imaginations in terms of whether they are males, females, teenagers, or elderly… They represent the galactic working class. Let’s be honest, if that future existed, we would probably be imperial soldiers and not heroes or villains.
Originally started in 2012, the series features a humorous juxtaposition of the Stormtrooper with the lacklustre persona of the everyday man. The photographs show these galactic warriors, within the confines of the daily routine, doing taxes, going to the cinema, using a urinal, celebrating birthdays and so on. Higuera explained:
The most important thing for me is to value everyday life, underlining the fun aspects in each tiny detail from our day-to-day lives. If this message doesn’t fully come across, I would still be happy knowing that people feel connected to my photographs, even if it’s simply by bringing a smile to their faces or making them laugh out loud. If it is indeed the latter, I would feel utterly satisfied.
To know more about the artist, visit his official website.