Intimate Strangers

  • Intimate Strangers is a series of photographs aboutmomentary intimacy between anonymous men. The classic portrait encounterbetween artist and subject is modified to incorporate the protocol of internetsex hookups.  After meeting online,one man arrives at the other’s place, but the usual outcome of anonymous sex issuspended, replaced instead by a shared contemplative act: the photographing ofone by the other in an atmosphere of heightened vulnerability.  A large-format photographic portraitsession occurs, portraying the disrobed subject in a moment that is bothforeign and familiar, the photographer and subject brought together by a sharedbond: their sexuality, and a desire to explore it through a creative act.
     
    The resulting images eschew the usual tropes ofstill photography about gay male sexuality; the explicit, frontal, trophynudity of that genre is replaced by a cinematic and atmospheric approach thatuses real locations and low light to create a mood that is nuanced and ambiguous,melancholic yet seductive, tense but intimate.