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Photographer Seeks Closeted Military Personnel


Photographer Jeff Sheng is seeking as many participants as possible for a new photo project:

“Jess,  Bend, Oregon,  2009” is part of my newest photography project, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a series of photographs of closeted men and women in the United States military. For each image, I have asked the individual to wear their uniform, while staging the photoshoot in the bedroom or local hotel room where that person is currently stationed.  The reason for this is that I am most interested in the intersections between public and private space, and the government’s policing of our private spaces – the bedroom being the most representative space of this.  I have purposely shot each image in a way that obscures to some degree the identity of the individuals, and the final image that is released to the public is first approved by the subject, and is in many ways, their expression of their closeted-ness and lack of identity.  The name and location is also fictional: I have asked the subject to give me a first name and a location that is significant to them, but does not actually refer to the true name and location of who is in the photograph. My aim in this project is to use photography to create a visual record of the numerous individuals currently serving our country that are unjustly forced to hide an integral part of who they are."

You can contact Sheng via his website.

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  1. Beautiful, brilliant idea. I love good art.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Nov 20, 2009 12:18:46 PM

  2. Funny that in his detailed description of what he is trying to show, the photographer does not mention "shame". For good or bad, that is what I see the most of in this picture.

    Posted by: MikeyDallas | Nov 20, 2009 12:47:56 PM

  3. This is not gonna end well.

    Posted by: Joey | Nov 20, 2009 1:47:43 PM

  4. It's amusing that gay 'Leaders' are for the most part hard-core 'Progressive' anti-anything and anybody military (too masculine? 'Progressives' like their males to be passive metro-sexual at the very least) but at the same time obsess over them. After-all, the military is full of loser white trash, working-class rednecks. But these same 'Progressives' sure love getting off on the same white trash, working-class rednecks.

    Gay men should be suitably meek, especially around lesbians. Blacks and other 'Minorities' should be aggressive, assertive and proud of their culture, race, ethnicity, but white 'Boys' should be passive and meek, and just stfu and realize their responsible for all that's bad in the world.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 20, 2009 3:13:55 PM

  5. Jeff Sheng; Unwitting Agent of the U.S. Intelligence Services. Luring and taking Photos of LGBT's in the Military who will be subsequently ousted without promise or pay, from their military ranks.

    Thanks Jeff.

    Posted by: New Jersey Girl | Nov 20, 2009 3:24:00 PM

  6. Yeah, as the partner of a man in the military, this seems like a pretty bad idea. I hope these soldiers each have a rock-solid Plan B, but who has that luxury in this job market?

    Posted by: Timothy | Nov 20, 2009 5:35:46 PM

  7. That photo seems like shot from one of those cheap video in which "real" Marines jerk off for the camera.

    Posted by: jaragon | Nov 20, 2009 5:48:38 PM

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