I have recently become interested in how young men in our society are portraying themselves both publicly and intimately within their own domicile. Just like young women, young men also want to be accepted in our society especially due to the long tradition of being the breadwinner. These portraits represent the individual’s knowledge and their own particular interests. The portraits of these young men are very relevant to popular culture such as in the social, and economic acceptance in this world.
I can distinctly remember when I myself was a young man, attempting to find an acceptable place to fit into society. I tried to become one of the Jocks but unfortunately I wasn’t 6ft tall and 196 pounds of sculpted muscle, it just wasn’t in my DNA. So what’s the stereotypical opposite of a Jock? Honour Society Student, but that wasn’t for me either. The only place I felt truly comfortable was when I surrounded myself by art. Photography became my passion and I immersed myself in it.
In “Renaissance Man” the viewer is given a unique perspective into a modern young man’s ambition and lifestyle. Aware of society’s darkest corners the “Renaissance Man” struggles to find his own place in our community, unconcerned about cultural norms he seeks to define a new, personal style.
By Peacocking, the act of dressing for attention much in the same way a peacock displays his feathers, these young men are able to display their various interests to a vast public audience. The concept of multiple mental connections to numerous curiosities while the brain is still young and developing vs. a single connection to a specific interest as the brain matures, is yet another perceptive about these images. By exposing these young bachelors in their most private quarters we are given an exclusive insight into multiple facets of their personalities.
Tony received a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in New York. Trained as a Bio-medical photographer in 1985 at Miami Children’s Hospital, later in 1989 Mr. Chirinos created the Medical photography department at Baptist Health Systems in which he worked as the Director until his departure in 2001. Mr. Chirinos is a Fellow of the South Florida Cultural Consortium. His work has been exhibited at Photomonth 2016, Krakow Poland, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond Virginia; The Leroy Neiman Gallery in New York, NY; Hunter College/Time Square Gallery; Centro Colombo Americano in Bogotá, Colombia; Silver Eye for Photography, Pittsburg, PA; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland Oregon; The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado; SRO Photo Gallery at Texas Tech University; UNO St. Claude Gallery, New Orleans; Photo Center NW, Seattle Washington; The Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts in Miami Florida; Art Miami, South Beach, Florida; and Ism-Gallery, Wynwood Art District Downtown Miami Florida among others. Mr. Chirinos participated in the III Bronx Latin American Art Biennial with his series Lost Structures. The series Cocks has been featured in photoeye.com under Photographer’s Showcase®, Portfolio & Interview: Tony Chirinos’ Fighting Cocks in blog.photoeye.com and in finitefoto.com Issue seventeen: Vice. Tony Chirinos was among 100 photographers that participated in Review Santa Fe 2012, which is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world. Most recently Mr. Chirinos participated in the Fourth Annual New York Portfolio Review sponsored by New York Times Lens blog. Mr. Chirinos also received an Honorable Mention under the Documentary Category in the Blurb’s Photography Book Now 2011 Competition. His work has been collected by Indie Photobook Library – Washington DC, Candela Collection – Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond Virginia, CPW – The Center of Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York; Light Work, Syracuse, New York; Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington; Enfoco, New York, New York, Cuban American Phototheque Foundation, Miami Florida and Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Mr. Chirinos is currently an Associate Senior Professor at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus in Miami Florida, he has been teaching photography since 2003.