Men act, women are seen, is a popular phrase used in portraiture.
This idea dates back to works created prior to the invention of
photography. In imagery of people, female characters are defined by
passive values that are given to them by the artist, while male
characters are defined by their actions or behavior. Throughout history,
society has created different perceptions of what glorifies men and
women. Is it possible then, to apply the formal aesthetics associated
with female portraiture to a male figure, without objectifying him or
making the image homoerotic? Mediated Perception questions and
explores these possibilities.