||Portraits are traditionally not supposed to be sexually charged. Such images are seldom seen as beautiful. This disassociation between sexuality and beauty creates a language, the lexicon of what we've come to call pornography; a vision fraught with secrecy, and with shame.
All men share their nakedness with each other, yet are never allowed to see each
other naked. The lingering eye... is mine. So what's the connection between the outside
and the inside?
I came in looking for myself this is what I see. This is what I say: "Sit down.
Talk. Look at your eyes, face, head, ears, hands. Take off your shoes, show me your
feet. Look at me... seeing you as light.
Take off your clothes, and be beautiful and naked, cool and hot here, same as me,
now. "I see the full picture, not the covered up one. The true picture, what
is. I see something of myself in all these people. I record them, acknowledging their
existence, emotion, and humanity. And in the process, record my own.
I used to think I was alone in my vision, of humanity. The internet has done away
with isolation. We are visible, truthful, vulnerable, and strong.
Merged with everyman.
Stanley Stellar, NYC, 2000