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By Eric Hart Jr.

For some funny reason, in the south gay men are described as having “sugar in their tank”. Once upon a time this phrase got deep under my skin. The implication that I was somehow was “sweeter” than my peers led me to question my own strength and voice. But somehow with time I have come to relish every grain of sugar I possess. This photographic work is an embrace of every fella with sugar in his tank, in hopes to champion queer love and expression in the ways I’d wish I’d seen growing up.

CREDITS

Models (order of appearance): Blayke Taylor (imalilriot), Jah (jah.x), Franck Danican (@franckdanican5613), Josh Rodriguez (@joshrodriguez), Wil Cope (@wilcope4), Elliot Knight (ell.liott), Montes Pirtle (@montessnyc), John Adewumi (@jrprinceee), Klei (@king.klei), Garrett Allen (@garrettallen), Elijah Tremayne (@wayofeli), Serge Fils-Aimé (serge.fils), James Altong (@jamesaltong)

Stylist: Kelsey Anne Logan (@keylimefly)

Studio: Mi Casa Studios (@micasa.nyc)

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Eric Hart Jr.

Georgia native Eric Hart, Jr. is a twenty-one-year-old artist currently studying Photography & Imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a photographer, Hart’s stylized portraiture is  an exploration of Blackness and shifting identities within Black culture. His visual language is influenced by the nuances of intersectionality. From masculinity, queerness, to dress, his work aims to display people like himself in all of their power and beauty. Hart’s photo work has been published in publications such as Rolling Stone, Washington Post, and i-D Magazine, as well as praised by artists such as Beyonce and Spike Lee. Hart is a two-time Gordon Parks scholar who spends any extra time working on his project driven, creative house Love Hart.

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