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Fotonight Web is a meme aesthetic based on Frutiger Aero, which originated from a dream that a user from the subreddit r/FrutigerAero had. It's categorized by the use of nature, low quality image montages, Chinese knockoffs and imagery.

History[]

The Dream (January 2, 2023)[]

On January 2, 2023, a Reddit user named u/williamsaguaro2002 had a dream related to Walt Disney Studios and Frutiger Aero. In that dream, the user got a voice acting job at Disney for a "big purple fish" character, but the studio was located on a underground secret base, which had aliens and nuclear weapons. Later, he stumbled across an old Asian man talking about "Fotonight Web", alongside a image associated to it above, although he doesn't remember what the senior said.

Reddit Post (January 3, 2023)[]

On January 3, 2023, he made a post on Reddit (see here) illustrating what he saw in his dream and later detailing what happened in it. This led to the creation of the subreddit r/FotonightWeb, housing a community surrounding the premise of this aesthetic.

Stylistic Origins (2000s, 2010s)[]

Although this is the origin how "Fotonight Web" got its name and its associations from, their visuals can be traced back to the 2000s and 2010s, when it was commonly used in Chinese websites and knockoffs.

Visuals[]

The visuals of Fotonight Web consist of similar ones seen in Frutiger Aero such as Skeuomorphism, glossy textures, "humanism", use of nature, bokeh, bubbles, glass, and auroras. These are combined with faucets of chinese internet culture such as Xpiritualism and Shanzhai. Shanzhai in particular emphasizes the counterfeit, imitation, or parody products aspect of Fotonight Web.

Common motifs include the following:

  • Blue skies
  • Natural Animals (Often Fishes)
  • Water
  • Green landscapes
  • Cities
  • Auroras
  • Aero glass
  • Skeuomorphism
  • Garish/inverted colors
  • Low quality images/photoshop
  • Non-sensical/dream-like visuals
  • Chinese bootlegs and knockoffs
  • Foreign languages (most commonly Chinese and Japanese)
  • Imagery related to Chinese culture
  • Popular kids characters (most commonly Mickey Mouse)

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