Stoners of the World
‘Stoners of the World’ is a collection of portraits of individuals who consume marijuana and are not afraid to reveal their faces in the midst of America’s ongoing marijuana prohibition.
At the outset of the project, I found subjects through my network of friends. As news of the project spread, the connections through which participants were included expanded.
Each shoot follows a specific procedure. I meet each subject either in their private domestic space or in a public location that I feel is appropriate to them. I then engage in a smoke session with each subject in order to draw out their stoner personae. Each image contains allusions and objects which subtly reflect on specific attributes or interests of the subject. The result are portraits that are both humorous and sentimental and that reveal both my subject’s character and my perception of them.
Who wants to blaze with me?
The New York Metro system is where I spend a good 2 to 3 hours in each day.
I started these paintings during my subway track commutes, out of inspiration on the concept of the homunculus man . The series started out as a self portrait, then has evolved into an abstract caricature of how I perceive my immediate environment. The scenarios I choose to place my subjects dig deeply into my love for medieval fantasy and science fiction comics.
As a statement to the marijuana movement in America, I added either a jazz cigarette or a blunt to most of my subjects in the painting.