Portfolio > A Vulnerable State of Being

Breath
Digital Photo
2019
Going Thru My Body
Digital Photo
2019
Going Thru My body1
Digital Photo
2019
Gone1
Digital Photo
2019
Gone2
Digital Photo
2018
Sex4
Digital Photo
2019
Looking Thru1
Digital Photo
2019
Zeroing In3
Digital Photo
2019
Zeroing In2
Digital Photo
2019
Zeroing In1
Digital Photo
2019
RoundUP3
Digital Photo
2019
RoundUP2
Digital Photo
2019
RoundUP1
Digital Photo
2019
Targeting1
Digital Photo
2019
Ispection4
Digital Photo
2019
Inspeection3
Digital Photo
2019
Inspection2
Digital Photo
2019
Inspection Block1
Digital Photo
2019

*In 2016 I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. These 2018 images are the result of the MRI's and x-rays taken of my body looking for cancer.
This was after I had the prostate removed and had gone through radiation and hormone treatments. They are self-portraits exploring the Black body from a Black sociological and identity context.*

The whole experience brings up thoughts of your mortality, sexuality and religion. My body pose is an act of surrender and protest. It reminds me of the Black men who held their hands up to surrender to authority to no avail. Lying on these machines as they scan my body leaves me completely vulnerable. The target symbols, arms raised, positioned on a block as if for sale. Being a Black Man in America is " A Vulnerable State of Being"

All of the figures used in this series are me. Using my body in the portraits is away of expanding my association with some of the themes and making it personal. The fear of Cancer in your body is both frightning and empowering.