Amid the increasingly hip and trendy nature of the beard and talk of the Western world reaching 'peak beard' state, photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten set out to create this perplexing and profound portraits of bearded men. The portraits are thought-provoking as they were made at a time when the beard -- a symbol of ruggedness and masculinity -- is increasingly common in the distinctly feminine fashion industry.
The men in these portraits were photographed in overgrown tree houses, with the presence of nature symbolizing the reclaiming of space. But what's most eye-catching about these men is that their beards are stuffed with feminine floral arrangements. The intertwining of flowers with the men's most masculine physical feature exemplifies the complexity of the man's role in the fashion industry and modern society at large.
Ultimately, the bearded men in these photos represent the bringing together of rugged manliness and sensitive femininity.