“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”
- Ted Grant
This series of photographs aims to capture images of men when they are each in their element, whether at work or at play, in celebration or in the routine of daily life.
These images aim to display the array of human experience through glimpses of the lives of men around the world. This series also aims to subvert the conventional male gaze by assigning the task of photographing men to a woman.
A man celebrates the Pride Parade.
During the camel wrestling festival in Selçuk, Turkey many of the spectators brought out drums, flutes, and other musical instruments, creating a wonderful cacophony that echoed through the ruins of Ephesus. One group of men gathered in a circle and danced a traditional Turkish dance to the drumbeat. This man led the group dance after his solo performance.
This man, a Kanak from New Caledonia, ran the auberge at which I stayed just outside of Cassis, France. He was rather reserved, but very thoughtful and kind once we got to talking. After he took a one second video of me with my two travel companions under an olive tree for a film project he had undertaken, I asked if he could return the favour and let me snap a quick photograph of him in front of the auberge. Here you have the result.
While walking through the old market in Nablus, Palestine, I passed this man making parts for argileh water pipes. He saw my interest in his store, this window overlooking the cobbled street, and he swung open part of the front counter to let me step inside, although there was really no where to go - the floor was taken over with old brass lamps, spare auto parts, and water pipes. I stepped one foot in, almost toppled over a mountain of precariously stacked metal tins, thanked him for his hospitality, and gingerly stepped out.
A photograph of his father from whom he inherited the shop hangs in the upper left corner.
This photograph is of my partner, Chris Jenkins.
Another image from this series was on display as part of the Humankind Exhibition at the Foundry Arts Centre in St. Charles, MO, USA from June 24 to August 5, 2016.
Chiang Mai, Thailand