My subjects use the Mosh Pit as a platform to release the hostility and aggression. These images are the aesthetic interpretation of my subject’s violent expression. Portraits are made before, during, and after hardcore dancing has occurred. The use of black in the photographs isolates the subject from the crowd, accentuating the gestural quality of their movement and expression. These images were made in Northwest Indiana, Central Illinois, and the Chicago Suburbs in 2007 and 2008.
Justin is an MFA candidate in the Photography Department at Yale University’s School of Art. He received his BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2004. He is the recipient of the Chicago Artist Assistant Program Grant, Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Scholarship, Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship and is part the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photographers Project.