First posted 12/11/2016 as The Night Bobby Found Christ in an Abandoned Subway Car
I read the Nativity story as the story of a God who decides to incarnate as an outcast among the poor and oppressed people of a barbaric civilization with a static class system.
Life was brutish and short for the poor.
The warrior God of Israel takes flesh as an impoverished Jewish outcast whose
life is in danger from the moment of conception.
It’s a great story!
I wondered how it might look today and saw a homeless youth who finds
the abandoned Christ child in an unused subway car.
Will he accept the burden of this gift?
I used VR to make a video of it.
I got the idea for the subway car from Dark Days, a documentary made in the 1990’s about a tribe of homeless people who live in the abandoned subway tunnels of New York.
I use two photo-shopped frames from the documentary as an homage to it.
I first came up with this idea in 2011 but didn’t have the skill I needed
to make it work the way I envisioned it.
I’m going to remake the video for next Christmas.
Merry Christmas to the World!
May we find our way back to the light.
The video is a series high-resolution panels staged and shot in virtual reality and processed in multiple apps.
I cropped a cover of Silent Night found at the Internet Archives.
To the best of my knowledge the recording is in the public domain.