There is a level of anonymity to the portrait series titled Strokes by May Xiong, a photographer based in Seattle, Washington, that is due in large part to the single paint brush stroke subtly obscuring the subjects' faces. Yet that does not take away from the quirkiness of the rest of the images. Whether covered in fishes, orange peels or powder, there is something strange going on in each still that will have people raising their eyebrows.
Audiences may compare the props found in Strokes by May Xiong as references to the subjects' personalities or perhaps a clue into the narrative behind the images, yet the series can easily be enjoyed as art alone. Whatever the case, it is arresting.