Man Exposed takes a look at male self-image through photographic and performance art in a way that allows one to come to terms with the contrived cultural notions of male masculinity and body representation. The images in this book explore the relationships among the male body, the camera and resultant pictures in terms of challenging notions of masculinity and the contrived nature of cultural understanding in what it means to be a “man” in a binary dichotomy of male-female perceptions of the “other” and what is appropriate masculine behavior; by coming to terms with body image through the process of giving over to “otherness” by being both the subject and object of the camera; and by exploring how identity both in terms of the male form and the sense of self function in relationship to the structures of visuality and the discourse of the male nude breaking away from the entanglement of eroticism without compromising the sexual identity and aesthetic of the sexual embodiment serve to create meaning and beauty within the male form.
A personal interest of mine is looking for truth in what I have come to believe in terms of spirituality, the after life, and the life in the here and now. In this sense, I am always chasing the Divine in order to understand the world around me. In particular I am interested in the metaphysical and epistemological questions as found within the field of theoretical physics that deal with causality, determinism and the true nature of physical law as these topics are associated with the ideas of synchronicity, determinism and randomness of nature and the universe in order to determine whether there is any intent behind the creation and the formation of the cosmos. In this regard, I am very fascinated in looking at common patterns throughout nature and the universe and to deconstruct the contrived notions and cultural understandings of human existence in order to find what is real.
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