Jeff Sheng’s ‘Fearless’ Project Features Intimate Portraits Of High School And Collegiate LGBT Athletes
In 2003, the year after Jeff Sheng graduated from college, he began working on a project photographing and interviewing high school and collegiate athletes across the United States who openly self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), but continued to play sports on their predominantly “straight” school sports teams.
The series, which he titled “Fearless,” features individuals immediately after an intense workout or practice, in a location of their choice where they feel most comfortable as an athlete. Sheng chose to exhibit his work in locations such as student centers, college gyms, dining facilities and dormitory common areas to force an otherwise non-art-going public to see the images and consider the issues being presented.
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Tomorrow, for my photo class, we are talking about our personal artistic journeys. We are looking back to our current and older work and the artists who have shaped our way of seeing the world.
My first major purchase as an independent young adult was a film camera, a Canon EOS Rebel K2. These photos are from my first roll of Black and White film. Interestingly enough, I was living an hour north of Chicago at the time (during US Navy Hosptital Corpsman “A” School, after Boot Camp). I remember feeling a sense of freedom I had never experienced before, with my camera as a natural extension of my body.
This is how I fell in love with photography.