Construction of the Savage is an ongoing journey dissecting what it means to be masculine in communities of color through the lens of trans masculinity. I began by researching how images of black and brown masculinity are constructed. I examined how brown & black masculine bodies are seen as aggressors. This multi-phase work confronts the historical flattening, objectification, and weaponization of black and brown masculine subjectivity. This body of work has come to be because of a brown masculine body behind the camera and in front of it, blurring the boundaries of subject and object.
In the first phase of this project, I begin with the body and the self. Here, I explore my own masculinity in the domestic space. I have photographed myself and the spaces I inhabit, focusing on interactions with space as indications of gender. With this body of work, I want to highlight the multiplicity of layers and textures, the decentering of the singular self, and an ongoing questioning of the ocularityof gender.
The following are selected pieces from the ongoing body of work.
Discover Me 2016-2017
"Discover Me Discovering You" is an exploration of the intimacy of discovering a lover, and the act of living in that vulnerability. I capture a perspective only my lover and I would share, a moment of discovery. Here I focus on the interaction, an interaction that is political in its nature, and the documentation is a radical political act.
The following are selected images from the body of work.
Love Stories In Search Of Home 2015-2016
I have been consumed by the idea of home for most of my life. For as long as I could remember, I believed home to be a physical space, a space I would one day find or return to.
When I’d feel nostalgic for home, I’d recall people, scents, smiles, and feelings of connection. I became convinced that home was in the people I loved and I began documenting our relationships. Sometimes they would also photograph me, and together we share authorship over our story.
As the body of work progressed, I came to the realization that I can’t make homes out of people, until I have come home to myself.
The following are selected images from this larger body of work made up of 24 images.
Don't Tell Me What To Do
On Gender 2012-2013
I initially began working on this project to visually explore my sexual identity. I intended to photograph myself and the ways I occupied spaces, but the work wanted to talk about gender. At the same time, I was coming into myself as a genderqueer identifying person. The work gave me the visual language and an accidental documentation of what I was experiencing. Each encounter I had with the camera or the photographs would reveal new meaning to me, articulating the processes within the process.
The following are selected pieces from that study.
If interested in the entirety of the study please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org