#TBT ‘Men Under the Influence’: A Gender-Bending Portrait Series

Jon Uriarte

Santi wearing a red coat, cardigan, and skinny jeans.
Image: Jon Uriarte

For this week’s #TBT, we wanted to take another look at Spanish photographer Jon Uriarte’s portrait series, “The Men Under The Influence.” This gender-bending photography project is a creative examination of gender roles and bodily objectification. Art that has the ability to make a statement or observation about social issues is always worth considering critically. What do you think Uriarte is trying to convey in “Men Under the Influence?”

Spanish artist Jon Uriarte’s portrait series, “The Men Under The Influence,” features photographs of men, under the influence of their girlfriends’ wardrobes.

This provocative photo series seeks to spark a conversation about the changing roles of men and women in heterosexual relationships, using clothing as a marker for fluidity within those roles. The men are photographed in their homes and workspaces, sitting or standing and looking almost completely normal, except for the fact that they are donning ill-fitting clothes made for women. There is no suggestion that these men are in relationships at all, unless you are familiar with the context of the images.

Jon Uriarte

Jose poses in high heels and short shorts.
Image: Jon Uriarte

According to the artist, The men under the influence’ addresses the recent change in roles in heterosexual relationships from the relationships of our predecessors and how those changes have affected men in particular. the photos attempt to capture men’s sense of loss reference, now that women have taken a step forward and have finally come into their own as equal partners. The project consists of full-length portraits of men wearing the clothes of their girlfriends or wives, taken in the space shared by the couple.” The portraits are really beautiful, and rouse a bit of intrigue, which is certainly what Uriarte was hoping to achieve.

In the photographs you will find men of various body types staring thoughtfully into the lens of the camera, wearing skirts, dresses, shirts, leggings, and pants belonging to their female significant others. They have even tried cramming their feet into women’s shoes, their heels peeking out from the backs of the high-heeled or flat footwear.

What do you make of these images, and the artist’s interesting social commentary using real couples as a tool? Take a look at the photo series at artist Jon Uriarte’s website.

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