Dog is God
The central quality of this collection of images stems from a two-part observation. First, the contemporary individual swims in the ambiguity of a brutal, hastily-assembled world. Second and in contrast, brief moments of light make existence beyond worthy, so all is not bleak. Still, genuine sentiment is often lost in translation, disease creates anxious energy, love is hard to feel, and most desire what will destroy them in the end. I believe that it is unproductive to focus on this darkness for there is a light hidden from the rational mind that lurks in the body and appears in moments of clarity. The images of this book attempt to bottle this light, as well as the shadows it produces.
The images also catalog, what it is like to be a young man today. With an inconsistent disposition, the photographs interrogate, celebrate, and condemn the difficult and characteristic conventions of machismo, excess, vagrancy, and sexuality within the context of young men in California.
Introduction by Katilyn Perry:
Remember, man, that you are dust and to dust you must return. This is the first truth that must reign in our hearts; dust and ashes, corruption and worms, burial and oblivion. Everything passes away: today we are and tomorrow we are gone; today people miss seeing us, tomorrow we are wiped from their hearts.
— Don Miguel Manara, Discourse on Truth, 1671