Michael James Schneider, an artist and photographer from Portland, Oregon, found himself at a loss after a bad breakup in 2015. He decided to channel his creativity into building himself a boyfriend made of wine boxes.
“A couple of years ago I had a rough breakup and self-medicated through wine,” Schneider, 44, told BuzzFeed News. “Though I’m over the breakup now (and the copious consumption) I always thought it would be sad, funny, and a little sweet to make a companion from the empty cartons left over.”
Schneider set up photo shoots for himself and his wine box boyfriend doing activities that other couples do such as cooking together, grocery shopping and reading the newspaper. He posts the photos online which have received thousands of likes.
i do not have a boyfriend so i made one out of boxes of wine pic.twitter.com/1r6QKtUbvz
— BLCKSMTH (@BLCKSMTHdesign) February 26, 2018
He landed his first gallery show and hopes to keep adding to the wine box boyfriend series.
“I think I’ll make it a regular series I revisit from time to time to see how the wine box boyfriend and I’s relationship is progressing,” Schneider says.