Matthew Pillsbury Documents Coming Out As A Gay Man With His Haunting Photographs

Nathan Noland, Grand Hyatt Tokyo, CNNJ, Tuesday, February 7th, 2005 5:08-5:23AM

Nate and Me, Desperate Housewives Sunday, October 16th, 2005 9-10pm



Matthew Pillsbury‘s long exposure photography series, “Screen Lives,” largely documents domestic activity related to screens that glow from televisions, computers, or mobile phones. Eleven of those photographs, however, represent a specific time during Pillsbury’s life when he fell in love with a man, left his wife, and came out as a gay man to his friends and family. This event changed the direction of Pillsbury’s project. While initially focused on photographing screen scenes with subjects who didn’t move around as much, Pillsbury’s project evolved once he met Nate. “I think it took the freedom of my coming out to make a picture like the one of Nate in Vegas or Cell Phone on Venice Beach. I was breaking down the very rules I had set for my own artistic project,” Pillsbury said. Documenting movement, intimacy, and relationship dynamics, Pillsbury’s collection is at once haunting and lucid.

The eleven photographs representing this transition are titled “Nate and Me” and will be on view at the Sasha Wolf Gallery in NYC until April 20. (via slate)


pillsburyphotography12 pillsburyphotography11 pillsburyphotography10 Self portrait contemplating Wapiti, Museum of Natural History, 2004 Self portrait at computer, Thursday, January 16, 2003 6-7PM Nathan and Matthew, Lost, Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004 8-9PM Cell phone on Venice Beach, Sunday, September 24th, 2006 6:58-7:09PM Nate, Matthew and Ella at the Pink Cove, Thursday, May 29th, 2008 9:11-9:22PM HBO’s Rome, Thursday, October 13th, 2005 12-12:50 AM

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