In today’s age of manscaping, stay at home dads and Dove skin care for Men; the male of this generation looks a lot different from the counterparts in their parent’s and grandparent’s day.
In trying to understand this redefining of what it means to be Male in the new millennium, Barcelona-based photographer Jon Uriarte came up with "The Men Under the Influence… ," a series of portraits that prode at "the recent change in roles in heterosexual relationships (and) men’s sense of loss reference, now that women have taken a step forward and have finally come into their own as equal partners.”
Over a span of three years Uriarte, 33, photographed couples in the US and Spain, at first together, but then he hit on the idea it was better to isolate the men, as much physically as emotionally to bring him closer to the questions Uriarte imaged men were seeking.
The men were asked to dress in his girlfriend or wife’s clothing and captured in intimate spaces within their shared dwellings, a means to make visual what is only in the mind. One man stands in a mini-dress and tights in an office; another poses in a kitchen in a sundress and sandals. A third sits in a bedroom in jean shorts and a cardigan.
The portraits are quiet, almost devoid of emotion. These men aren’t wearing over-the-top costumes but everyday outfits that look entirely unique on the male body. Uriarte explains that to set up each shot, he went to a friend’s house and together they chose an outfit—often with the help of their partner.
“The rule was to choose an outfit that she would actually wear,” he tells The Daily Beast. “At the beginning they always chose the craziest clothes, and it became a joke. But it’s not a joke.”