Modeled on male underwear ads, the diaper subverts the sex appeal of the advertising to point out the absurdity of the perpetual youth culture sold to us by these images. The idealization of youth, stretched to the extreme, illustrates how this mentality leads to an unreasonable refusal by men to grow up. Not only does American society idealize youth, people strive to act younger and younger in many areas of their lives. Whereas adolescents once strove to act like adults, adults now behave more and more like children.
This project was executed with technical assistance and photography by Monica Baddar.
In this series of self portraits, the camera is moved further from the sitter's chair with each successive image. The camera was set with a 10 second timer for each shot. Therefore, the photographer-subject is forced to walk further from camera to chair each time, eventually running to compose himself in time for the shutter. The project flouts the comfort of conventional portraiture, and explores the awkward distances between viewer and subject that exist in the real world. Additionally, photography is pushed towards the performative, investigating and documenting speed and endurance in an unexpected context. In the conceptual art tradition, the visual outcome is the result of unwavering adherence to the initial premise, executed to its conclusion as planned.
The concept and execution of this project was a collaboration with Carley Gomez.
Trophy Hunt explores the mentality of conquest and collection in the dating world. Peoples’ instincts and impulses are examined through the animal imagery.