Artist Statement / Intimate Strangers
This is how it begins:
“Updating my photography portfolio, free portraits using a medium format camera in small apt. studio, backdrops/strobes. Ask for a link to see my work; all ages and body types welcome. Nude preferred but not mandatory.”
Intimate Strangers is a series of male portraits taken of subjects Lartin meets through a “hook-up” app online. Instead of a sexual experience, the artist asks the men to pose for him in his small studio apartment. Within a relatively short photo session, generally lasting 2-3 hours, the relationship between the subject and photographer undergoes an evolution — out of a transaction between two parties a friendship forms, an intimacy develops, and within that space the photograph is born.