As the lover “sighing like a furnace,” he’s naked in a reclining chair and smoking:
As the soldier, he wears mesh and leaps over another pretty naked man, and so it continues through stages like “justice,” “dementia,” and “deathbed” (in which he appears simply naked w/ gossamer shawl; also, if we’re nitpicking, these stages deviate a bit from the text). Grindr adds its own creative spin with an eighth stage — rebirth — in which Keller is, again, naked.
Smithers spoke with Dazed, where this all can be watched, about the video:
We used one of his most epic stanzas from the ‘Seven Ages of Man’ because it oddly captures the arc of a gay man’s experience if read through the right vision. There is so much to coming out (being born), exploring yourself (childhood), exploring the world (the lover), developing judgemental qualities based on life experiences (the justice), letting go of those judgements, and the decades of life and death implications that have been woven into the gay culture’s very sexual being.