My work explores constructed notions of domesticity through the critical distance between televisual melodrama and Brechtian alienation. Using hyper-theatrical lighting, framing techniques and quotable gestures borrowed from soap operas and TV dramas, the images exist simultaneously as genuine narratives of domestic tension, or structured essays in the production of emotion. Photography is advantageously positioned to consider the implications of emotional consumption through television. By slowing down and distilling the moments that facilitate the parasocial bonding and identification we feel with characters onscreen, the still image lays bare the processes by which we consume and internalize the conventions of contemporary melodrama.