Matthew Morrocco Inserts Himself into His Portraits of Gay Men

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Mar 5, 2015
References: matthewmorrocco & featureshoot
New York City-based photographer Matthew Morrocco's latest project involves inserting himself into his intimate portraits of gay men.

The role he occupies in each portrait varies; sometimes he functions as the subject's romantic partner, other times he plays the role of their former selves. Regardless of the hat he is wearing, Morrocco's involvement in the project also reveals nuances and complexities within his own personality and conception of self.

The project was built on mutual trust and respect. Once the clothes were shed, the mental and emotional barriers followed suit, leaving the interaction between Morrocco and his subjects pure and authentic. The trustful environment allowed Morrocco the ability to explore not only intimacy and sexuality, but also what connects generations young and old.