Do the people in these images oddly bare a strange resemblance to each other? Maybe it is because they are both the same person. Montreal-based artist and photographer JJ Levine is not only credited for his intimate portraiture, but also for his ability to cause people to think critically when it comes to the role of gender within society.
Within this series, Levine’s photos depict both the male and female gender roles being taken on by a single person. No digital manipulation was used beyond compositing the two images, however many factors such as makeup, wigs, clothes, and the subtle alteration of body-language and gestures were combined to create the aesthetic feel behind this project.
JJ shoots on medium-format positive film with studio lighting, he then scans the 120 slide film and collages the various images together digitally.
To reach the level of comfort and familiarity that these photos exhibit, Levine chose to use only people that he knew personally for this project.
Levine received a BFA in Photography and interdisciplinary studies in sexuality from Concordia University. Aside from the display of many of his works throughout the world, Levine has been the recipient of many grants and awards, amongst the most recent of which was being chosen as the 2013 recipient for the Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant.