Jesse, 2010 by Lia Steele

image of Jesse 2010 by Lia Steele

Artist's statement

I have taken portraits in the beds of men on the cusp of adulthood, ranging in age from 18 to 28. The series aims to explore the loss of innocence through practical contact with adult life, which is evident in the changing physical characteristics present during the transitory age of young manhood. Jesse Hill’s body language and gaze is a reaction to the intrusion created by a female photographer in his very personal space, and is also a demonstration of the initial naivety in adolescence through to the maturity and convictions evident in adulthood.