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John Waiblinger

John Waiblinger

Los Angeles, CA

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So, this is my growing body of work around a theme I've been exploring for some time now -- my rather fraught and complicated relationship with gay pornography. I've been re-visioning some of the images I've collected over the years, establishing them in a new context, from a different perspective. All of the men in these images have been collected from 'hard porn'sites and I've re-positioned them, re-imagined them in a different context using my own photographs as the basis for this re-visioning. So each work is a layering and recombination of two very different images. The work is rather emotionally driven. Each of these men or couples has touched me on both an emotional and aesthetic level -- caught my eye (and my heart, so to speak) from a perspective other than raw sexuality, and I strive to communicate that vision in each piece. My thought is to perhaps humanize, respect and admire them from another angle than the context in which they were originally captured. Each of these men exists, after all, outside of the context of pornographic performance. I fully recognize the issues of exploitation and objectification inherent in pornographic images, and I know, firsthand, that I am fully capable of objectifying myself and others, and often times my interaction with pornography has nothing to do with its aesthetic qualities. My engagement with these images encompasses many hours of re-thinking and re-imagining who these men might be and my own sense of relationship with them.
................... Ultimately, I consider it an act of romance..................................

You can also view my work in video around these same themes at:
https://vimeo.com/channels/385960

 

Silk - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Enchanted Evening - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Feelings - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Urban Forrest 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Liar, Liar... 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Window Shade 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Summer Sunset - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Growing Flowers - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Dark Knights - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Shadow Walking Weeds - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Stained Glass - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Harlequin - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Sketched 2/1- by John Waiblinger

 

Beacon House Boy - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

BreakThrough 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Reflections - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Thorny Knight by John Waiblinger

 

Self Absorbed - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Tender Masculinities #2 - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Seduction - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Mustang - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Vyrnwy Ways by John Waiblinger

 

Melancholy Summer #1 - 3/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Dark Knights by John Waiblinger

 

Fascination - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Tender Masculinities #1 - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Who You Looking At? by John Waiblinger

 

American Woodshop by John Waiblinger

 

Burnt Offering - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

American Wood #2 by John Waiblinger

 

American Wood #1 by John Waiblinger

 

October Forest Spirit Walking by John Waiblinger

 

Newsboy - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

American Wood #3 - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Kiss Me Tender - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

American Wood #4 - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

American Wood #6 by John Waiblinger

 

American Wood #7 by John Waiblinger

 

Melancholy Boys of Summer #2 by John Waiblinger

 

Melancholy Boys of Summer #3 - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Melancholy Boys of Summer #4 - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Melancholy Boys of Summer #5 - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Melancholy Boys of Summer #6 - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Melancholy Boys of Summer #7 by John Waiblinger

 

Crystal Blue Persuasion by John Waiblinger

 

Dreaming Spirals by John Waiblinger

 

Love Struck by John Waiblinger

 

Night Watch - 2/10 by John Waiblinger