Tears can mean many things – an expression of emotion, a release, or a weapon. A man who cries publicly is often emasculated, while women do the same are accepted – considered the emotional, weaker sex. Boys are taught from a very young age not to cry; that in doing so they are girly or weak and that tears show physical, mental, and emotional weakness.
The images in A Far Cry document different types of tears; those of pain, sadness, love, grief, remorse, anger and frustration. Each man had a story to tell about tears and crying. Though the stories were highly personal, there was a common theme, that of control. Whether it was about the ability to control their tears in an effort to express the acceptable emotion or whether they were frustrated by the lack control they had to produce tears on command each man sought to harness their emotions. Some told stories of physical pain and revisited this pain to channel tears while others told incredible stories of deceit or loss.
These images are unsetting, sensitive, and complex. They explore a topic that is taboo and tender. They create subjects that are prone and exposed. And, they create a mirror for the viewer – one that engages and questions their notion of gendered emotions.
Series Count: 30