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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

 

The Look by John Waiblinger

 

As the Grass Ripens in the Summer Sun by John Waiblinger

 

Sky Fall by John Waiblinger

 

GlassWear 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Let the Right One In - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Window Ledge Ghost Boy by John Waiblinger

 

Window Garden by John Waiblinger

 

Reflections... by John Waiblinger

 

Dreaming - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Honeycomb by John Waiblinger

 

Swamped by John Waiblinger

 

Wood Sprite by John Waiblinger

 

Rain Man by John Waiblinger

 

Snake in the Grass - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Rainy Window by John Waiblinger

 

Androgyne Ice by John Waiblinger

 

Night Light by John Waiblinger

 

Tree vision by John Waiblinger

 

Morning Highrise by John Waiblinger

 

Rutting Amongst the Flowers by John Waiblinger

 

Brown Eyes - 3/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Sunset Kiss by John Waiblinger

 

Night in the city looks pretty looks pretty to me by John Waiblinger

 

Malibu Sunrise by John Waiblinger

 

Garden of Eden by John Waiblinger

 

Flower Boy by John Waiblinger

 

Bed of Flowers - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Eating Flowers - 2/15 by John Waiblinger

 

Green Eyes by John Waiblinger

 

Ardor by John Waiblinger

 

Wind in the Willows by John Waiblinger

 

Rhaphiolepis Indica by John Waiblinger

 

Dancer-1 by John Waiblinger

 

Dancer-2 by John Waiblinger

 

Smoke #1 by John Waiblinger

 

Magic Circle by John Waiblinger

 

Ghost in the Machine by John Waiblinger

 

Smoke #2 by John Waiblinger

 

Rosy Cheeks by John Waiblinger

 

Parchment by John Waiblinger

 

Dressed in White - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Love Reflections 3 by John Waiblinger

 

Simon O - 3/10 by John Waiblinger

 

White Rose by John Waiblinger

 

Red Rose by John Waiblinger

 

Orange Rose by John Waiblinger

 

Sunshine by John Waiblinger

 

California Poppies by John Waiblinger