MASCULINE HURTS: For this series, I chose to look at the disconnect some men feel with society’s expectations of what it means to be a man. I worked closely with a friend to capture the confusion and discomfort these expectations have had on him psychologically and emotionally. He is photographed nude to focus on the muscle tension and ambiguity the body presents in positions of fear, anxiety, relaxation, and pleasure. The images are in black and white to draw the viewer to the gesture of the body. I paired the images with dialogue he has shared with me that reflects his personal feelings about the subject matter.