The language of the self and the ways in which we observe the body are in constant conflict. Vernacular language is littered with outdated or gendered terms, words and phrases that fail to adequately describe what stands in front of them. In this work I create space to discuss the range of perceptions we as viewers may bring to images of the male body, sexuality and gender. In my images a quiet repose emerges, where moments of introspection grow long while light and atmosphere become tactile. My subject’s bodies are interwoven with the landscapes that hold them. The reflections point to their mirrored selves, projected back into the environment.
Landscape imagery serves to punctuate the self-portraiture, serving as metaphor to discuss the symbiosis between nature and the body. V characterizes this relationship as both internal and external, with each body leaving marks upon the other. The power structures that support this dialogue manifest as visual interruptions in the intervening space between reflection and perception.