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Targeted is a photographic project violently disarming mass media and normative perceptions of gay men in America.

Targeted began the fall of 2010.  I set out to collect as many portraits of gay men as I possibly could.  Eight months later, I have done the footwork, but I am not finished.  To complete this project, I plan to use military grade weapons to shoot at each man’s portrait.  This final violent end is three fold: a critique on current American anti-queer politics, showing there is no physical mark denoting a gay man, and an example proving gay men’s ability to be just as heroic as their heterosexual counterparts.

Throughout history, queer men  stood as warriors and powerful defenders, pillars among the community and government. With the assemblage of a diverse body of unknown gay men I have extended this lineage symbolicly: an 'army' going to battle for their rights.

 In George Moses Book, The Image of Man, he discusses the rites boys must undergo on the path to manhood.  Proving yourself through physical strength. American gun culture has remained a breeding ground to collectively symbolize these concepts: manhood and strength. 

 My firing of weapons at the photographs addresses the social and political turmoil  queer peoples are facing in America today while simultaneously  proving queer men are just as heroic as the ideal straight stereotype. Myself and the participants being queer challenges the heteronormative masculine construction that only one type of boy can become a man.

Funding from Kickstarter will help in the following areas to achieve what I see as the final presentation of this project.

-Dry mounting and framing of all the prints.

 -Marksmanship classes to handle the weapons correctly, and accurately. I WILL NOT BE PURCHASING A GUN.

 -The rental of video equipment, so I am able to document and show my probably humorous route into manhood by using guns.

 -Lastly, your contribution will help pay for the cable suspension system needed to safely display the photographs so future viewers like yourself are able to address this work from a complete 360 point of view as well as walk through the 11 rows like hall ways. 

-your support will allow this project to continue!

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    You will receive a hand written thank you note on a individualized postcard that will have an image of one man from Targeted, and video updates.

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    You will receive a hand written thank you note on a individualized postcard that will have an image of one man from Targeted, video updates, and a small artist book of the final shot then re-shot portraits.

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    You will receive a hand written thank you note on a individualized postcard that will have an image of one man from Targeted, the zine, and a 8x10 inch edition print of a portrait of myself shot with the same gun I hope to use for the duration of this project.

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    You will receive a hand written thank you note on a individualized postcard that will have an image of one man from Targeted, the zine, and a 16 x 20 inch edition print of a portrait of myself shot with the same gun I hope to use for the duration of this project.

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    You will receive a hand written thank you note on a individualized postcard that will have an image of one man from Targeted, the zine, AND I will take a portrait of you to then be shot among the other portraits, so you can have your own individual piece.

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