People spend a whole lot of time, money and self-dignity trying to forget a breakup so why the hell would this couple want to solidify the memories in photo form?
In 2015, Jackie and Harrison, two high school sweethearts, broke up. Going away to college separated the two and, apparently, long distance wasn’t really their thing. After three and a half years of dating and trying to make it work, the couple broke it off and hadn’t really seen much of each other since the ordeal.
On New Year’s Eve of 2016, Harrison had this artsy little idea. Kind of like the couple out there who took cute family photos with a burrito, Harrison wanted to poke fun at all the lovey-dovey photos that his friends in relationships were taking.
"I see my friends who are in relationships doing really nice professional photography photo shoots," he said. "I had the idea of doing the same thing in the same setting, but post-relationship, in a different way."
He had a camera, a tripod and a flare for photography so he convinced Jackie to take part and started shooting.
"It was actually kind of funny — we were getting along extremely well," Harrison said of the photoshoot.
While it started out with them faking the emotions that I can only assume they previously tried to bury, Harrison recalls his real emotions rushing back to him, making the breakup photos a pretty sad experience.
Jackie chimed in with her thoughts on the experience, saying, "Taking those pictures felt like slipping right back into our relationship — the good and bad. Looking at them now, I am reminded of everything about him I fell in love with."
So, like, were these two surprised that things got emotionally weird? I don’t really know how they couldn’t see that coming. Even their friends seemed to find it strange as Harrison’s buddy posted the breakup photos on his Facebook in a manner that seemed to be filled with jest.
It didn’t take long before they started to go viral on Twitter.
“Sh*t started to get weird,” as Harrison put it, and eventually the trolls of the internet clasped on to the couple’s little joke, turned them into memes and had a good old laugh at their expense.
All photos: Harrison Bach
The photos were weird, guys. Come on, what did you expect the internet to do?