Return to Sender

2010 - ongoing

Return to Sender surveys acts of myself receiving a kiss from strangers, friends, and lovers, and not returning it. While my passive character mirrors stereotypes of Asian and gay men—usually almost always depicted as either neutered, effeminate, asexual, or submissive within media, it is my transgression as the photographer that undermines this passivity. Coupled with the other participants control over their own representation through their kiss, these images intend to question and confuse the role of the photographer and sitter, protagonist and supporting character, self-portrait and performance.