JESSE BUDEL

Me

My photography projects always start with something personal; a memory, a happening, a familymember etc. The stories I tell are by implication about myself or a part of my youth. I can describe my photographs as a search for sexual identity and perfection; something I longed for in my own youth. The work I make is for my fourteen year old me; struggling with my sexual identity and trying to find answers on difficult questions regarding this. The boys I photograph are at the vulnerable age where they discover everything about themselves. Placing them on pedestals is a way for me to tell my stories and to overcome my insecurity. If I do not judge the boys I have in front of my camera, they will not judge me.

"Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance."
Jean de La Fontaine, French poet