Jesse Burke’s series, Low, continues his exploration of the tension between the ideals of masculinity set up by society and what he calls “the true reality of men” — the actuality of existing as a man in the world today. These photographs of homeless men on the margins of society work to uncover their harsh existence and emphasize the humanity typically overlooked by those in the mainstream.

As Burke puts it: “My intentions are to take people that one ignores or passes in the streets and place them on a pedestal to emphasize their individual beauty. The straightforward images of weeds are meant to compliment the men and reinforce the idea that they are living on the fringes of society and are equally forgotten. In these images harden souls become vulnerable icons, allowing the world to see a different side of being low.”

Work by Jesse Burke (b. 1972)