stephen.chen.sf photography
portfolio : sex toy

 
Inspired by an action figure I found in a Dollar store that was decorated with all sorts of "macho" gear (e.g handcuffs, leather, mask, straps, etc.) that the line between military and fetish gear was blurred. A corollary to (recently rediscovered) dreamy high-keyed STAINED series, SEX TOY brackets notions of gender and sexuality through seedy low-keyed portraits that subvert and queer the "mainstream" reading of the figure; exploring the fine line between gendered norms and self-parodistic fetish, and how those norms are learned as a child even through play.