This project is the beginning of a much larger project. I feel that we do not photograph men in our culture, not really. When we do, we do not do so with any level of sensitivity.
I am also investigating what it means to have your portrait taken, can you not “perform” when a camera is being pointed at you?
“The portrait-photograph is a closed field of forces. Four image-repertoires intersect here, oppose and distort each other. In front of the lens, I am at the same time: the one I think I am, the one I want others to think I am, the one the photographer thinks I am, and the one he makes use of to exhibit his art. In other words, a strange action: I do not stop imitating myself, and because of this each time I am (or let myself be) photographed, I invariably suffer from a sensation of inauthenticity, sometimes of imposture (comparable to certain nightmares)…” —Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida