︎ Jon McJunkin

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I am my limit

In the winter of 2013, I used the app Grindr to meet male photographic subjects in downtown Chicago. My Grindr profile acted as an open call for subjects, and the corresponding responses were treated as applications and/or inquiries into the project. I asked each individual that responded to me if they would be interested and consent in posing nude. My goal was to photograph these strangers at their most vulnerable moments - one that we shared together as total strangers. If my subjects were uncomfortable revealing their "identity" - then they could wear a mask that I provided. But in turn, by concealing their identity and opting for the mask, did these men's performances turn from genuine to predatory? Who held the power in these rooms - the photographer or the subject? These are two of the many themes this project pokes at.