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These portraits by Aaron Ryan are fierce and full of attitude.
The photographs personify small-town rebellion. The model holds a pissed-off look throughout the series, evoking an angst energy. The composition of the portraits is subtle, yet deeply complex. The washed-out techniques applied give the photographs a personality. The artistic direction of model Stevie Colby within the scenes loudly exudes the “I don’t care” attitude. Colby also gives the punk persona of the series an innocent vibe with his sulky pout.
Aaron Ryan is an up and coming artist. Self-taught, he learned the power of photography after growing up shooting skateboarders in Buffalo, NY. Ryan’s street-weary roots show through in his ‘Hometown Glory’ portraits.