From the Ace Hotel blog post concerning Lissa Rivera’s artist residency at the Ace Hotel:
“Beautiful Boy” is Lissa Rivera’s photographic investigation into the blurred lines of gender identity. As the constitution of the binary dissolves, a collective sigh of relief kicks up, and our real selves unfurl, delicate tropical orchids, before now unseen.
The Brooklyn-based photographer’s primary subject for this series is her partner, BJ, who she has been photographing for many years. BJ is the catalyst for these stark, elegant images, and Rivera captures her heroine’s longing with grace and layered subtlety. These photos are in and out of time; we move with them, are moved by them, and think they’re so well done that we had to share.