Posts by: Gabriela Herman

Aiden Simon Revisits His Childhood Haunt in this Series of Photographs

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I tend to be drawn to photographers who let us in; take us on a journey with them, often restricted to outsiders. In this series by Aiden Simon, we are right there with him in the abandoned space, along for the adventure. Simon writes:

The Twin Lakes Swim & Tennis Club was abandoned five years ago and left to flourish. I return to it to investigate my childhood, which lies hidden somewhere in the overgrowth. It was the one place where I was allowed to spend time completely unsupervised. I would often go there with my best friend or with my sister and catch frogs in the lake. It was a place where danger and getting in trouble always lurked.

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Portraits of a Young Man Preparing to Join the Marines

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In this new series, I slowly watched him disappear, Jason Hanasik has connected with a young man, Sharrod, who is preparing to join the Marines. Hanasik documents his transformation from boy to man. Hanasik writes:

How will Sharrod orient himself in the uniform he has been given? How does fantasy, imagination and play inform the construction of a masculine identity? Sharrod’s mother said that she no longer recognizes her son when he puts on his uniform, will Sharrod get to a point where he no longer recognizes himself?

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Rafael Soldi comes to terms with a breakup through self portraits

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These images come from Rafael Soldi’s current work in progress titled ‘Sentiment’. I admire his exposed vulnerability and can relate to the project as being a form of catharsis. I love his titles for each piece and how they fill in gaps in the story.¬†Soldi writes:

Rugby players photographed by Amy Elkins

Rugby Yale Amy Elkins photography

Amy Elkins has been shooting some groundbreaking work exploring gender roles and masculine identity. In her latest series, ‘Elegant Violence’ she turns to men’s rugby. Elkins writes:

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