Every Breath We Drew (2011-) by Jess Dugan

Issue 41

Individual identity and sexuality are constructs far more complicated and fluid than we typically give them credit for. They are multifaceted, constantly changing and evolving in relation to our private experiences and relationships with others. Though these identities are internal and psychological, they are read and understood by others through our actions and bodies. Every breath we drew explores the power of identity, desire, and connection through intimate portraits of myself and others.

As someone who has chosen to physically modify my body in order to feel more alive and at home in my skin, I understand how imperative it is to inhabit my body physically in a way that feels representative of my interior identity. These photographs explore my own complicated relationship with masculinity, sexuality, and identity and how these aspects relate to those I seek connection with. Rejecting traditional expectations of gender and sexuality, I have renamed my body and reclaimed my desire.

By asking others to be vulnerable and intimate with me through the act of being photographed, I am laying claim to my own desires and defining what I find beautiful and powerful while asking larger questions about how identity is formed, desire is expressed, and intimate connection is sought.

Jess T Dugan is a Chicago, Illinois based photographer.
To view more of Jess' work, please visit Jess' website.

  Ely, 2011 

Ely, 2011 

  Self-portrait (shower), 2012 

Self-portrait (shower), 2012 

  Dallas laying on the bed, 2012 

Dallas laying on the bed, 2012 

  Ben, 2011 

Ben, 2011 

  Hunter, 2011 

Hunter, 2011 

  Self-portrait (bed), 2011 

Self-portrait (bed), 2011 

  Alex, 2011 

Alex, 2011 

  Colby in the afghan, 2012 

Colby in the afghan, 2012 

  Devotion, 2012 

Devotion, 2012 

  Ben in the morning, 2012 

Ben in the morning, 2012 

  Erica and Krista, 2012 

Erica and Krista, 2012 

  Elle, 2012 

Elle, 2012 

  Gregg laying in the grass, 2011 

Gregg laying in the grass, 2011 

  TT, 2012 

TT, 2012 

  Landen, 2011 

Landen, 2011 

  Tariq, 2012 

Tariq, 2012 

  Vinnie, 2011 

Vinnie, 2011 

  Korrie, 2012 

Korrie, 2012 

  Self-portrait (bath), 2012  ess dugan, fraction magazine, fraction editions

Self-portrait (bath), 2012 ess dugan, fraction magazine, fraction editions