The Enthusiasts explores individuality by collecting and re-staging found images from vintage subculture magazines. In each photograph made for the series, I attempt to recreate the unique passion of members from select communities by studying and meticulously recreating the images with myself as the enthusiast. Never having allowed myself a shameless passion of my own, I am fascinated by the ability of people to commit so thoroughly to a hobby for the sheer pleasure of it. Using the found images in this manner allows me to literally try on these fascinations as I imagine what compels the subject to go to such lengths for their specific interest by playing the role.
This project attempts to address the relationship between pure enjoyment of a hobby and the motivation to be a part of a group of people who relate through interests and constructed realities. I find this exploration increasingly relevant as communities continue to find new platforms to connect enthusiasts on a global level during the age of social media.