Aurel Haize 19, New York, N.Y. (Photos by Jonathan Hanson)

 

Jonathan Hanson was sitting in a bar in Baltimore when a young man, who looked to Hanson like Grace Jones, walked by. That intrigued the photographer and soon Hanson was shooting his new subject in his studio. After posting the portrait on his blog, it prompted viewers to ask about the subject’s gender. That got Hanson thinking further about people who defy stereotypes of what men and women should look like. He began photographing other androgynous people, wanting viewers to let go of the usual filters and question our traditional standards of beauty — and identity. Through his lens, Hanson was capturing a fluidity of gender and sexuality. If the results provided a guessing game, that was okay. Hanson’s larger motivation was this: These are people. This is what they look like. — David Rowell

 


Vincent Levianora 25, Baltimore, Md. (Photos by Jonathan Hanson)

 


Tracey Shaw 18, Philadelphia, Pa. (Photos by Jonathan Hanson)

 


Krista Boyd 21, Philadelphia, Pa. (Photos by Jonathan Hanson)

 


Rosemary Liss 26, Baltimore, Md. (Photos by Jonathan Hanson)

 


April Isa 28, Baltimore, Md. (Photos by Jonathan Hanson)

 


Fox Martin, Washington, D.C. (Photos by Jonathan Hanson)