Friday 22 January 2016

Display: Every Breath We Drew by Jess T Dugan

Every Breath We Drew by Jess T Dugan

Jess T Dugan began making this series of photographs in 2011 after she moved from Boston to Chicago to begin graduate school. Finding herself alone in a new, big city, she stopped making work solely about gender and identity and moved to looking at intimacy and connection. Indirectly, however, this brought her back to exploring her own identity and how it is reflected through her relationships with others.

“I repeatedly found myself drawn to people who embodied a gentle kind of masculinity,” she explains, “whether they were men or women, gay or straight, because they represented something I either saw in myself or wanted to embody.”

The resulting book is a collection of beautiful and sensitive images, portraying subjects of all genders, who, in their chosen expression, perform a more typically masculine role. It also contains a number of self-portraits. “I was trying to figure out who I was in relation to other people and who I could connect with in a meaningful and profound way.”

Dugan’s photographs offer encounters – and moments of intimacy – with a range of strangers. They also invite us to look inwards. Essentially, this is a book about developing that most important and intimate bond there can be: with oneself.

Every Breath We Drew
Photographs by Jess T Dugan
Daylight Books


See the full feature in the February 2016 print issue of DIVA magazine

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