Kelly Clipperton, a photographer based in Toronto, stuns and intrigues viewers with his racy, intimate and carnal images.
A spontaneous hair appointment led me into the brilliant and sunshiney apartment of Kelly Clipperton; hairdresser by day and photographer and music-maker by night. I inquired to one of the photos hanging in his apartment and was pleasantly surprised to find out it was his.
His photos come to life with a raw sexuality and entrance the viewer with a feeling of slight voyeurism; who is watching, and who is being watched?
Toying with sexual and gender identities, Kelly photos beguile and enforce controversial opinions on both political and societal ambiguities concerning the LGBT community.
Kelly iterates on his personal website:
“I’ve spent much of my life trying to figure out how I fit into the pastiche of socialization and creativity. In this ever increasingly detached world, I search for community and a sense of belonging even more than in my youth. That effortless fit into your tribe.”
Going on to describe his photographs as:
“[...] an extension of my need for order and an expression of want for togetherness. Uniforms, resemblance, balance… In each image there is a slight element of distress, which enhances the notion that no matter what goes wrong, continuity will pull you through. In my darkest of dark places I see the simplicity of uniform to be lifesaving.”
His most recent music video, which he sings and directs, deals directly with such topics: