Through framing, lighting and pose, Collins evokes a queer masculine desire of his subjects. Hand in hand with queerness is the visual vocabulary of camp, Collins’ images demonstrating a fixation on luxurious materials, decorative details, and other ‘feminised’ aesthetics. The traditional masculine archetypes depicted are thus complicated by a desire both to attain their status, and to consummate a union. Collins articulates the oft-contradictory relationship that queer men have with masculinity, one of repulsion and desire, of exclusion from the patriarchy and the desire to be loved and accepted.
A short film by French photographer Stéphane Gizard for Boys! Boys! Boys! filmed in January 2020 before the lockdown. Best known for his portraits of young people Gizard’s gentle, kindly eye manages to capture the beauty and fragility of his subjects. His work reveals their sensuality and brings out the expression of a truth; an intimate questioning.
Reclaiming childlike freedom, frivolity, and innocence, AdeY breaks away from the expectations imposed by society in his fine art photography. By using analog film and natural light, he strips away the ability to constantly edit the artistic process, resulting in raw and authentic scenes based on trust. Capturing friends with queer perspectives as models further breaks down modern cultural barriers. To him, “gender really doesn’t matter—it’s just people, exploring and enjoying life,” which is evident throughout AdeY’s mesmerizing, lighthearted images.
The forces that drive Tyler Udall’s work are a combination of his own sexual identity and the evolving societal shifts toward the acceptance and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community. His undeniably personal and emotionally compelling photographs are shaped by the familiarity the artist has with his subjects, most of whom are friends and past lovers.
Søndergaard’s work is concerned with ideas of expressing and defining masculinity and identity. He produces ominously dark and eloquently beautiful portraits of fragile yet powerful subjects.His work is informed by a personal and academic interest in religious studies, after studying religious science (University of Copenhagen), which is the basis for his debut series RITE (2018).In RITE he explores the fragility of masculinity through portraits where every model is put into a ritualised and sacred context to make them sincere. Every one of the photographs communicates a sense of melancholy connected to his own personal search for identity. The title ‘Rite’ refers to the concept of a rite of passage, which is a ceremonial event that marks an individual’s transition from one stage to another.