Vernon, Beauty

 

Vernon, beauty is A series reflecting the last 6 months of my life working corporate, and bringing a visual narrative to an experience I still have not yet found the words for. I find jarring imagery so funny because it reminds me to question what sanity we find in normalcy. 

 [Image Description: a black and white photo of the tensed mucscles and upper back and spine of a black man]

[Image Description: a black and white photo of the tensed mucscles and upper back and spine of a black man]

 [Image Description: A close up black and white photograph of fingers pressing into skin, the hands frame the photo, and the forefinger at the upper left has a ring with a musical notes engraved on it]

[Image Description: A close up black and white photograph of fingers pressing into skin, the hands frame the photo, and the forefinger at the upper left has a ring with a musical notes engraved on it]

 [Image Description: A close up black and white photo of a black man's face, the focus on his mouth and chin as his head is tilted back and eyes glazed.]

[Image Description: A close up black and white photo of a black man's face, the focus on his mouth and chin as his head is tilted back and eyes glazed.]

 [Image Description: A black and white close up of a black man's chest deep in shadow, a scar is partway down his left abdomen]

[Image Description: A black and white close up of a black man's chest deep in shadow, a scar is partway down his left abdomen]

 [Image Description: a black and white photograph of a black man's profile, the focus on his ear and high cheekbone, fading into a blur towards his eye, nose and mouth]

[Image Description: a black and white photograph of a black man's profile, the focus on his ear and high cheekbone, fading into a blur towards his eye, nose and mouth]

 [Image Description: a black and white photograph of a black man's back as he reaches above his head, the focus on his afro and hair]

[Image Description: a black and white photograph of a black man's back as he reaches above his head, the focus on his afro and hair]

 [Image Description: a black and white photograph of a profile of a black man staring downwards, deep in shadow]

[Image Description: a black and white photograph of a profile of a black man staring downwards, deep in shadow]

 [Image Description: a close up black and white photograph of a black man with his arms crossed over his chest, the focus on his forearm and hands, his chest and half smile in the background]

[Image Description: a close up black and white photograph of a black man with his arms crossed over his chest, the focus on his forearm and hands, his chest and half smile in the background]

 [Image Description: a black and white photograph of a black man's face, he stares straight ahead into the camera mouth closed]

[Image Description: a black and white photograph of a black man's face, he stares straight ahead into the camera mouth closed]

 
 

Mark Aghatise is a black queer photographer based in Brooklyn, you can find him at instagram