Photographer Jedediah Johnson explores the nature of a kiss in ‘The Makeout Project.’ To create this series Johnson applied red lipstick to himself and kissed a number of different subjects, both males and females, for varying amounts of time. The idea behind this kiss-filled photography project was to challenge the idea that a kiss has to be a romantic gesture.
Johnson explained what he was going to do to his subjects, and then captured their reactions with photographs. The artist says that each kiss was different in terms of length and intimacy. Some kisses were playful, while others were passionate. Some were welcome, and others were unwanted. The lipstick-smeared faces of his subjects communicate to viewers what the nature of the kiss was.
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