Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Thursday, 10 September 2015 - 10:24AM
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Thursday, 10 September 2015 - 10:24AM
Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks
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Stormtroopers are always painted as the villainous grunts of the Star Wars universe, but Madrid-based photographer Jorge Pérez Higuera imagines that they have a softer (and more boring) side. According to Higuera, stormtroopers are just like the rest of us, in the sense that they represent the masses who go through the grind of everyday life. In the movies, that grind involves shooting people (albeit rather badly), but in real life, they would be doing their taxes, peeing in urinals, doing their laundry, and filling their tanks with gas.

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"They represent the galactic working class," Higuera told Wired. "Let's be honest, if that future existed, we would probably be imperial soldiers and not heroes or villains."
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Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

And although the stormtroopers are seeing using the urinal above, Higuera sees them as universal figures that anyone can relate to, as you can't see their faces so you can project whichever identity you'd like. Sadly, society tends to default to white men when the identity is unknown, but Disney recently confirmed that female and POC stormtroopers are canon, so Higuera is right:

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"I like to think that in my photography I can represent everybody and nobody in particular," he says. "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."
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Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks
(Note the stormtrooper getting a time-out in the corner.)

When creating this photo series, Higuera's only rule was that the stormtroopers needed to inhabit a banal scene from daily life, in order to demonstrate the value of seemingly mundane activities:

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"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," he said. "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."
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Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Hilarious Photo Series Shows Stormtroopers Doing Mundane, Everyday Tasks

Via io9.
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