Student's Name: Declan Young
Description: This project is an obscure series of portraiture that is strangely impersonal and abstract in nature. Inspired by Chinese photographer Ren Hang, the ‘playful anarchy’ of this work engages with the often unsettling combination of nudity and public space. Without any movement or action, the models are treated as passive entities that become part of the environment. It was not my aim to sexualize or commodify my subjects who are photographed with a complete lack of clothing, facial expression, or personal signifiers. Instead, my subjects are photographed as objective props who create interest and uncertainty in the scene.