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A Photographer Who Throws Herself at Men, Literally

Photographer Lilly McElroy has a unique series of photos titled I Throw Myself At Men that consists of self-portraits showing her launching herself into the arms of strangers.

For this project I went to a lot of bars and I literally threw myself at men who I didn’t know. I used my body as a projectile, hurling myself toward strong, vulnerable men who were waiting to catch me. Poised in a perpetual state of social awkwardness and in full possession of the ability to subvert stereotypical gender roles, the photographs pose questions concerning relationships, social connection, sex, gender, and the desire to form relationships quickly that are both intense and long lasting.

The project got started after McElroy placed ads on Craigslist asking for men who’d be willing to meet blind date-style in bars and have McElroy throw herself at them.

I Throw Myself At Men by Lilly McElroy (via My Modern Met)


Image credits: Photographs by Lilly McElroy and used with permission


 
 
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/throughpaintedeyes/ Through Painted Eyes

    photos are terrible, but that’s some funny shit.

    Also, on a side note, I wonder who owns the copyright? The woman in the pictures (who I’m presuming is the “artist”) or the one taking the picture?

  • http://twitter.com/littledavee David Williams

    As mad as a bag full of mongeese. Oh and nice bellybutton as well.

  • JM

    The concept is great, but the photos aren’t very good.

  • Rollingblue

    Too contrived. I’d like this more if the men were totally unprepared and random. But putting an ad on craigslist is essentially hiring a model and creates an artifice that undermines the photographer’s implied goal of representing real emotions.

  • http://meechity.blogspot.com Meech!

    ……. meh.

  • A2

    photos are terrible, she looks terrible and the concept is terrible
    CL ads for that?losers, rapists etc are all she;d get

  • http://twitter.com/StyleQuotient Melo

    Bunk.

  • Pht

    Hideously clumsily shot ‘snap-shots’, ridiculously arrogant art-wanker pretentious “justification” about “what the work means”.
    What is this garbage doing here? Seriously? Do you know this person or something?

  • Seth Christie

    Ughhhhh… seriously, I give you a lot of grace in the name of art… but if you ever see language like this, it is 99% of the time garbage:

    “Poised in a perpetual state of social awkwardness and in full possession of the ability to subvert stereotypical gender roles, the photographs pose questions concerning relationships, social connection, sex, gender, and the desire to form relationships quickly that are both intense and long lasting.”

  • Blackwidow

    So lame. Falls under “Shit Artist Category”.

  • NDT

    Awful stuff, conceptually cringe-worthy. But honestly, ive seen some photo books at the bookshop which have equally rubbish subject matter and execution. In fact, im often astonished at the photography books that get published sometimes. 

  • Anonymous

    Seriously?  I mean really?  Seriously?  Urgh!

  • Jordan

    Nothing more than sub-standard snapshots shot by someone else. And in that sense, not self-portraits either.

    Sadly, looking at her website this is some of her best work.

  • http://twitter.com/duskrider Andre Goulet

    Wow, dumb. I guess ‘stupid’ is a form of art now?

  • pingpong

    cringe

  • Anonymous

    This is excellent. Everything is so awkward…so perfectly awkward. Would love to see the prints.

  • http://twitter.com/theonejoeblount Joe Blount

    Sometimes I think if I really want exposure I’ll have to take stupid photos of something trendy and or dumb. This sort of “art” just perpetuates that thought. 

  • thosh

    come on… don´t be a troll

  • 9inchnail

    Try that as a guy and you’ll face sexual assault charges.

  • http://www.markjp.com Mark J P

    She gets some really good air too! :)

  • Sorry

    Wow, that’s the lamest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Sorry.

  • STOP HATING

    So much negativity, kudos to her for an original idea. How many of you have shot something in the last week, and how many of you have just sat on the internet bitching ?