Daniel Handal’s “Pajaritos” featured at PDN‘s “Photo of the Day”:
With “Pajaritos,” Handal says in a statement that he acknowledges the constrictive idea that “colors define gender—blue for boys, pink for girls.” A the same time, the work prominently features the liberating realization that he can defy conventional portrayals of gender by belying the delicate beauty of birds with the flamboyant use of pastel colors. The images act as a “deconstruction of gender roles,” says Handal.
The portraits are Handal’s way of transforming pretty into a statement of rebellion. He explains that “the angelic beauty of canaries and finches resting on a perch in front of immaculate pastel-colored backgrounds are as much a statement of grace as a state of defiance.”