Dreaming of Dorian

Evans, John Paul (2004) Dreaming of Dorian. In: A Photographic History of the Nude. Prestel. ISBN 3-791330543

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Dreaming of Dorian is a sequence of self-portraits commissioned by Emmanuel Cooper. The research questions explored in this work informed Evans's hypothesis questioning male nudity in relation to spectatorship and ‘the male gaze’. The origins of the work can be traced to the photographic work ‘Miner’s Memorial’ (2001) featured in Edward Lucie-Smith’s ‘Art Tomorrow’ (ISBN 2-87939-252-7) and seeks to challenge ideas of spectatorship and the male gaze put forward by Laura Mulvey’s article 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' and questions if her hypothesis is as relevant to the media of the 21st century as it seemed in 1973. The method used was to set a framework of limitations in recording an auto-portrait. Initially, the limitation was to record Evans's body at arm's length, with a hand held digital camera. It was the intention at this stage in the research to represent a ‘focussed’ photographic nude. In following the coded rules of photographic spectatorship Evans offered himself up to the viewer as a passive male body before changing the pose from reclining nude to a more actively posed nude, thus confronting the viewer with his gaze in order to question the structure of the male gaze as well as its implications with regard to same sex gender. This method of auto-portraiture developed into the 'Bed Sheet Dreams' body of work which is a ‘defocused’ mutable approach to self portraiture and has been the main inspiration for most of Evans's subsequent research in looking at and challenging notions of the male body, spectatorship, mutability, time and colour theory.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Citation: EVANS, J. P. 2004. Dreaming of Dorian. In: COOPER, E. ed. Male Bodies: A Photographic History of the Nude. Munich: Prestel..
Uncontrolled Keywords: nude photography, self portrait, male form
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Art & Media
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2010 15:44
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 10:00
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/103

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