PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?

PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?

PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?

Artist Lorenzo Triburgo draws inspiration from a variety of places, in his series "Transportraits" he combines photography and oil painting to capture stirring portraits of transgender men. 

He poses his subjects with their chins held high - a marker of 19th century portraiture, creating heroic depictions that demonstrate just how far-reaching the spectrum of masculinity can be.

PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?

The project centers around the concept of socially constructed ideals, particularly notions of shared gender identities.

"The photographs represent my personal relationship to gender and photography, drawing a parallel between the (mis)perception of the 'photographic record' devoid of social construct and gender," Triburgo writes in his artist statement.

PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?

Taken together, the resulting photographs are a visual journey through diverse transgender experiences. It took Triburgo four years to complete and ended with over 30 portraits of volunteer individuals.

“I'm so grateful I could find men who were interested in being out and interested in being photographed," Triburgo explained to Slate. "As a trans man myself, I don't have to be out. I could go my whole life and never tell anyone, but for me it's important to be out and create imagery that creates positive representations of trans men."

Scroll through the images of "Transportraits" below and let us know your thoughts on the project in the comments.

PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?
PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?
PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?
PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?
PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?
PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?
PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?
PHOTOS: Is Something Wrong With These Gentlemen?

 

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