“Untold Fables” is a portrait series in progress where artist Daniel Holfeld‘s subjects have been procured from the Internet. Traditionally such sites are used for sexual encounters where male escorts exchange hard cash in return for fulfilling their client’s deepest and, if required, depraved fantasies. The birth of the Internet has seen prostitution boom. In a matter of minutes one can locate hustlers and rent boys, daddies and twinks to satisfy every age, shape and imaginable proclivity. The law be damned, the oldest profession in the world now exists in every corner of every room around the globe. Where pimps once worked dark street corners and grimy motels, the Internet’s discreet and ever snaking tendrils now offer all that money can buy at the click of a mouse.
Holfeld belongs to the Internet generation. He was born to it. Logging into it, searching for and using online services is a daily routine. In his 20′s, the decade when one learns and experiments with sexuality, his and all of ours soignee click and cruise attitude to sex shopping is no more remarkable than hawking for a pair of vintage trainers or chasing the best deal on a new SLR.
However Holfeld’s current interest in escorts ascends his own longing. With camera in hand he skillfully digs beneath the surface of his sitters, unveiling the most intimate and vulnerable sides of their natures. Secrets have been disclosed, fears exposed and both sincere and perhaps insincere sentiments captured – who knows? Annie Leibovitz once said, that she is never afraid to “fall in love” with the people she photographs, if only for a minute. This series of portraits come from that same brutally honest pursuit of desire.
Images: © Daniel Holfeld
Text: © Predrag Pajdic