"Harmony" by Hunter Madsen


"A lovely thing about Christmas," observed Garrison Keillor, "is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together."  Perfect domestic harmony is, for most families, a false idol unmasked by holiday reunions.

Here we decode a home-sweet-home tableau that, upon closer inspection, suggests just the opposite, the site of a crash-and-burn. A jet's exhaust stream, visible in the distance, appears illusorily to stream forth from the cozy hearth of a happy homestead at Christmas time. 

(The shot memorializes a last, disastrous kamikaze holiday trip to visit my demented parents and other family members in San Diego, in 2019. As in other recent years, we had all hoped to have a nicer time together, like the good old days we recalled. Instead, I found myself expelled and banished.)


TITLE - "Harmony"
WHERE - San Diego, California (2014/2019))