“I cannot go to bed tonight without a word to you. I felt a little as though a part of me was leaving tonight. You have grown so much to be a part of my life that it is empty without you.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt to her lover Lorena Hickock
In this day and age, sharing intimate photos has become more commonplace and, more often than not, they are photos to be proud of. They capture the subject at their most confident and vulnerable while also creating a unique power dynamic. In taking the photo themselves, the subject is both the objectified and objectifier, holding all of the power in a single frame.
With this project, I seek to highlight those elements of intimacy and power while also questioning the role of the viewer in this transformation of exchange. By taking these very personal photographs and translating them into drawings for public display, I am creating another layer of intimacy while also elevating the figure from low to high art by separating the subject from its context within the frame.
This is the 21st century equivalent to an open love letter. By publishing my most intimate moments, I am celebrating the love and respect that I share with my partner and inviting the viewer to do the same. It is entirely up to you as to how you receive this invitation.
Personal website and portfolio may be viewed at: stantonprints.com