Evan blaise walsh — BFA THESIS, Emerson college

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The Space Between us PHOTO

“The truth we do not tell is that men are longing for love.” —   Bell Hooks, The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

Some men never stop to ask themselves why they are the way they are—society tells us to be emotionless, to push down feelings, subversive thoughts, or introspection. But for me, since youth, I have spent years overanalyzing my interactions with myself and with others. Growing up gay, I had to be a chameleon or code-reader, constantly metering when it was safe to become closer with other men. Though now our society immensely leans towards acceptance, in my younger years homophobia felt pervasive, especially in the men around me. It made me fearful of connection; it made me feel like I didn’t belong to myself.

This series of photos, The Space Between Us, is a collaborative intimate life project. Asking my closest friends to pose with me for deadpan self-portraits in public and private spaces, touching and separate, I strive to explore connection. I seek to understand the mythologies that rule our behavior, representing and challenging them by still image in order to break down the visual, societal, and psychological barriers enacted between us. Motivated by my desire to find familial love with other men, the photos seek to challenge our perceptions of physical intimacy and acceptable touch.

The Space Between Us, ultimately, seeks to reveal how much the men in my life—and myself especially—underneath it all, are longing for love.  

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The Space Between Us — MEMOIR

The Space Between Us is a short-memoir that chronicles what every gay man dreads—falling in love with a straight best friend. Amid subterfuge and repression, from Philadelphia to Boston to Vancouver to Munich, Walsh struggles to gain closure while in love with a man who is living a lie. Dream-like memories of an unstable past haunt as he feebly attempts by travel, by sex, by men and by money to escape someone that never loved him back. As he moves further away from the place he fell in love, he questions his foundations and core: After the sex and heartbreak, what was I made of? After so many years looking for love, had I ever stopped to look for myself?

For anyone who ever wondered—in spite of the tragedies and shocking betrayals of their lives, beyond the grasp of another person's power and control—what immense confidence and hope can stubbornly survive within a stolen heart. 

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Paragons — And Once we Dreamed of Being Men

The 2016 first segment of my BFA, Paragons, from my junior year. A look at the gender performance of masculinity by the men in my life. It also examines in landscape the places that we belonged to, hid within, or felt estranged from. 

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