“In theFinest Tradition” displays my interest in ideas of gender and identity. Amongmy earliest memories are those of the socially ingrained concepts of identityand maleness. Coming from a male- dominated family, much of my framework ofmaleness and its manifested psychological constraints that defined how I shouldbe, was for me an absurdity, a one-sided form of inclusiveness of the maleconstruct.
The menwithin the photographs are performers in an area of identity, a lifestyle. Manyof my subjects do not fully embrace the persona of the uniform as masculinity,nor do they reject concepts of role-play. Instead, they step away from thetrappings of male code and choose the parts of masculinity that they want tobring into the mainstream. The uniforms these subjects are wearing becomeextensions of their fulfilled imagination, creating a universe, which theyoccupy. The images are intended to be of male archetypes, exhibiting extremelymasculine roles or career choices showing the pageantry of the uniform as anaffirmation of identity.
I photograph these individuals from a directfrontal point of view and within situations that embody possibilities offreedom of political commentary, from the imaginary into the familiar. I amfascinated by the gap between what we are, and what we think identity shouldbe. Through the photographic medium, I collaborate with these individuals thathave formed ideal masculine personas. Using this intimate process, Isearch for ways to awaken the irony of the male body and elicit the selfthrough the construction of characters