Skin Deep: Looking Beyond the Tattoos

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Skin Deep is a photography project that seeks to show the effects of this ongoing gang conflict in Los Angeles. Photographer Steven Burton set out to photograph realistic portraits of former gang members who are trying to escape the revolving door of death and prison. For these men and women, the aftermath of gang life is not only carried within--it is also scrawled across their faces and bodies. Skin Deep uniquely highlights the impact tattoos have on the way a person is perceived by showing what each participant might look like without them.

Utilizing before and, thanks to the advantages of Photoshop, after photographs, these men and women got a chance to see what they'd look like without the inked visual armor. After the bare images were presented to each, they were asked to talk about themselves and their families, what tattoos represent to them, and their aspirations for the future.

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Steven Burton is a self-taught photographer from the U.K. Following a successful modeling career where he had the opportunity to work with and be inspired by iconic photographers such as Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier and Michael Roberts to name a few. Steven has combined his love of photography with his passion for travel and portraiture, traveling to remote locations around the world, working for various advertising clients and NGOs. Steven now lives between New York and Miami.

Pub Date: 2017
Format: Hardback with color illus.
Pages: 164
Size: 8.75 x 11.25 inches


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