Every breath we drew explores the power of identity, desire, and connection through portraits of myself
and others. Working within the framework of queer experience and from my actively constructed sense
of masculinity, my portraits examine the intersection between private, individual identity and the search for intimate connection with others. I photograph people in their homes, often in their bedrooms, using
medium and large format cameras to create a deep, sustained engagement, resulting in an intimate and
I combine formal portraits, images of couples, self-portraits, and photographs of my own romantic
relationship to investigate broader themes of identity and connection while also speaking to my private,
individual experience. The photographs of men and masculine individuals act as a kind of mirror; they
depict the type of gentle masculinity I am attracted to, yet also the kind I want to embody. Similarly, the
photographs of relationships speak to a drive to be seen, understood, and desired through the eyes of a
another person; a reflection of the self as the ultimate intimate connection.
By asking others to be vulnerable with me through the act of being photographed, I am laying claim to
what I find beautiful and powerful while asking larger questions about how identity is formed, desire is
expressed, and intimate connection is sought.