The Model Man?

The Model Man?Again we find Barbie's friend Ryan featured at the Daily Photo Game.

Robert's image led me to all kind of thoughts about male stereotypes, archetypes and body expectations. Women typically bear a larger burden for body expectations, however I thought I would investigate the male ethos around this social affliction. I choose a satirical approach, blending myself into the doll, adding a surreal quality of real and unreal visuals to parallel our cultural expectations in the "real" world.

Narrow waist and narrow mindset. I digitally forced my 56 year old body into the outline of Ryan's form, this was an interesting idea of confinement and an attempt to fulfill the notion of perfection imposed by advertisers and ourselves. I overlaid the dolls plastic highlights onto my own body to further illustrate the false nature of our body expectations and the plasticine nature of its ideal.

This mindless idolatry of the physical form is why I included Barbie's other friend Ken, sans-head. As Robert stated "he's (Ryan) got no heart" and I wanted to continue that observation with this commentary on the vacuous importance our society places on the physical - whether it be beauty or age.

I liked Robert's shadow box treatment and I thought pairing the two similar environments together would make for a strong visual statement. They will be interesting to see together as a book-matched diptych in my ongoing book on the DPG project, "Conversations".

On a personal note, people have approached me to say I remind them of Richard Gere. This too is a false body expectation, as I have no ownership of their impressions, and still think of myself as the pimply face teenager who had trouble with girls.


6 Responses to “The Model Man?”

  1. H says:

    First impression : Hahaha. Hilarious.
    Second thought : Hey, that’s Russ’s head, hand, and leg! Even funnier.
    Muy interesante. So much under the surface here.

    · November 10, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

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  2. Helen Leek says:

    Spooky!!!

    · November 11, 2014 @ 1:31 am

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  3. Your words are like a breath of fresh air. It’s not often that photographers look below the surface of things.

    · November 12, 2014 @ 3:35 am

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  4. Thank you all for your comments.

    · November 12, 2014 @ 7:12 pm

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  5. Dave Chapple says:

    This would make a great album cover for Weezer, was my first impression. Totally original. Hit em up!.

    · November 17, 2014 @ 11:17 pm

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  6. That my dear friend is hilarious! Love it. And hey just cause your a hot late bloomer doesn’t mean the inside of you wasn’t always the real deal!!!!! xo

    · November 21, 2015 @ 4:53 pm

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