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.
Who are you
More subtle than
A little AIDS here
A little crack there–
Like the killer
Search for his
Are found —
Death is Life
Greed is God-
Who will have
(c) Rob Goldstein 2015-2017 All Rights Reserved
Trauma symptoms were crippling this week; I think I’ve lost three
or four days.
Trump and the Trump/Putin attempt to re-institutionalize blatant
racism and homophobia in the United States is driving me crazy.
A brutal history of cruelty and hate has marched into the present
and demanded control of our lives.
A young woman is dead because our President incites violence.
White Supremacists will kill our democracy to preserve a heritage
of spilling innocent blood.
I am living proof of the life long damage bigots inflict on the children
of the people they target.
You can do something now to stop the abuse of a child:
Say no to racism!
Say no to fascism!
If you live in San Francisco, June 24 is Pride Day.
I will be out all weekend loving life and taking pictures.
I dedicate this video to the men and women of the American Civil
We are all religions, races and nationalities. We are gay, straight and transgender.
We will never return to our closets.
We are everywhere and we will never give up.
I chose “We are Family” by Sister Sledge because it’s a happy and
I first made this video for Pride Month 2016.
We are always stronger together!
Now get up everybody and sing!
If I turned around every time somebody called me a faggot, I’d be walking backward – and I don’t want to walk backward.”
– Harvey Milk