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Big Papi is a visual research into the image culture of masculinity set against a sunset lit Caribbean landscape. A time of day in which borders are less defined. The stereotypes and clichés associated with macho culture form the starting point for the work, as is the same with most of my former projects. Since the work is greatly personal I am aware that while I am looking critically at the subject matter I am also seducing and romanticising the subjects and landscapes I photograph.
These photographs were made in St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, St. Maarten and Curaçao between 2015 and 2017.