Viral Christmas Cards

In 2008 my mother called and told me since I was away at school, I wouldn’t be in the Christmas photo that year. She jokingly suggested I “sober up” and send out my own Christmas cards.

Every year since then I’ve staged a holiday themed photograph. Originally inspired by my mother’s joke, the subject matter has since matured with me. In recent years I have steered their content away from the bottle and have focused on absurdity and insidiousness. The online community has embraced the yearly tableaus, spreading them virally for a combined total of over seven million views. They’ve been profiled on American websites Buzzfeed, MSN, and Mental_Floss, as well as internationally in Britain’s Daily Mail and Germany’s Stern.

-John Cessna, 10/2014