Photographer Rosie Matheson has been capturing the young male experience since she herself was a teenager. In a series titled Boys, which will be on display in London starting July 27, Matheson aims to capture the experience of being young and male in the UK today. During a time where gender norms have been drastically rearranged, “leaving notions of masculinity confused at best, and woefully archaic at worst,” Matheson demonstrates diversity and humanity in Britain’s male youth.
Matheson didn’t expect that photographing young males would turn into her life’s work, she simply only started doing it out of necessity. “I wasn’t comfortable shooting girls and trying to make them look hot or attractive. With boys, it was super easy—they’d just roll up and it would take 10, 15 minutes to shoot them. I like that effortless attitude. But also how, in a one-on-one situation, they become quite vulnerable, sensitive and sweet. I like that contradiction,” Matheson told Another Man Magazine.
The project quickly turned into a documentation of the ideas of masculinity in our age. “It has been interesting to talk to so many people and hear how their upbringing has affected who they are and how they see themselves, and their idea of masculinity,” she says. Through her pictures, Matheson’s goal is to reveal an in-depth look at the young men. “That’s what I’m trying to do, to find a deeper way to get into someone’s head and find out about who they are.”
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Photo: Rosie Matheson via Instagram