Much more than a musical genre, heavy metal is a subculture largely defined by community and fellowship.  So diverse is the subculture that feelings of displacement can often coexist alongside the camaraderie that the community fosters, splintering concepts of belonging and self.

We Are Monoliths is a reflection on the visual signifiers that hold a subculture together. Through a portrait-based series of images I am toying with the conventions of representation in heavy metal. Subcultural artifacts are displaced to create varying relationships between subject, object, and environment with the aim of dealing with notions of displacement.


The static and formal depiction of my subjects references the long standing tradition of early portrait photography, placing props as symbols of the subjects character, all while acknowledging the plurality of elements that constitute identity. 

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