Jennifer Pattison

The way we style ourselves and dress can be thought of as a kind of code used to communicate to those around us who we are as individuals. Throughout history society has constructed a view of what masculinity looks like. As a contrast to rugged, macho imagery of men and boys this work celebrates the flamboyant and feminine side of men using the symbol of flowers. ’Softer masculinity’ or blurring of what is masculine or feminine allowing gender to be seen as more fluid. Taking cues from portrait miniatures, American folk art and the Victorian interest in floriography; a means of cryptic communication through the use or arrangement of flowers. Jennifer began this series in 2013 in Hackney East London. The work is shot on medium format film in collaboration with street cast models. Jennifer worked with casting director & stylist Jo Simpson and stylist Christopher Kelly.