Artist Statement:

SUIT YOURSELF is a portrait series capturing my self-styled subjects at their most lively and playful. The dynamic shapes and silhouettes created by the garments and the gestures they make within them allow me to utilize my graphic sensibilities to create striking compositions that distort your understanding of the subject matter. The tension lies between the formal technical qualities of the imagery and the informality of the body language. I’m appropriating the crisp aesthetic of commercial 1980’s fashion photography and inserting my androgynous muses in simultaneously vulnerable, mischievous and joyous poses to remind myself and others that it’s okay not to always take fashion photography so seriously.

Photographer: Tanner Abel
Makeup & Hair: Christina Flach
Models: Nicholas Needham, Colleen Allen, Hagen Bell, Liza Cain, Sam Knoll, Michael Phillips

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