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‘Characters’ | Self-Portrait Series by Photographer and Makeup Artist Ryan Burke

By Hanssie on October 5th 2013


New York based photographer, Ryan Burke, celebrates personal expression in his new photo series of self portraits titled, “Characters.”

Feeling that an iPhone ‘selfie’ didn’t quite do justice to the hours of work he put in while getting ready to go out, Burke began photographing himself as a way of preserving his work. He rarely has an entire concept planned when he begins getting ready, and draws inspiration from his experiences with artists and drag queens throughout his time in Los Angeles an New York. Burke also gathers inspiration from friends and his roommate who is a designer.

As part of the gay community, Burke doesn’t see himself as only having a gay audience. He has no agenda nor does he see himself as a “gay artist as a distinction.”

“My self-portraits are a way for me to connect with my friends and with strangers. I feel that is important to celebrate personal expression. Many people tell me that I inspire them and to me this is just a wonderful exchange of energy from the people who have inspired and encouraged me.”

Gives a new meaning to the term ‘selfies,’ doesn’t it?

His amazing work is currently featured at Strange Loop gallery in the Lower East Side. You can also see more of his work on his website.

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(Via @Huffington Post)

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Ihab Mokayed

    Those are definitely the best selfies I’ve seen yet!

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