For Jon Uriarte - a Spanish photographer and photography professor based in Barcelona - women have sought out a new position within society. He shows us his feelings through full-length portraits that show men wearing clothes from their girlfriend’s wardrobes in the houses that they share together.
Giulia Catani: Where did you get the inspiration for your project ‘The Men Under The Influence...’?
Jon Uriarte: The inspiration came from talking to male friends of my age. Some of us shared a strange feeling of not knowing what to expect and how to relate to women of our generation. My guess was, and still is, that there has been a change from our predecessors’ generation to ours, where women finally have taken a step forward. That recent change leaves men with some sort of loss [and confusion] and this is what I attempted to portray.
GC: What are your thoughts on this new aspect of society and where do you think this new position being held by women comes from?
JU: This new balance is coming from many years of fighting for the rights and freedom of women, mainly carried by themselves. There is still a lot to do in most of the countries worldwide. My point about it is that these changes also affect relationships and even if it is not a big drama for men, I believe that it could be good to think about it and discuss it publicly.
GC: What is your goal for this photo series?
JU: I would say that my goal was to make people stop for a second and think about the role of men in heterosexual relationships of my generation within developed countries.
GC: Would you say men and women are now equal and where do you see gender equality headed?
JU: I wouldn't say that we are equal sexes yet. There is still a long way to go for that and I'm not sure if we will be able to reach it either. I don't believe in perfection, so I can't believe in a 100% equal society. But still I deeply believe that it is worth trying for it. The reason for the switching [of gender roles and balance] is that our society is moving forward and women have been strong enough to fight against what years and years of chauvinism had made them into and have started to turn it over.
To see more of Jon Uriate’s work: www.jonuriarte.es
Words: Giulia Catani
Photography: Part of 'The Men Under The Influence...' a series by Jon Uriarte