Portraits with a white towel from a gay bathhouse in London.

The enigmatic quality of the wrapped towel in the photograph suggests a paradoxical fantasmatic presence. It constitutes a vestiary code that suggests an inconspicuous form of visibility. The photograph lacks individual visual features that would allow the viewer to identify whose fantasised body is visualised; there is no face to be seen—the fantasised body is unknown. Reflecting on this idea, I decided to use the towel I brought from my visit to the bathhouse to photograph a sauna-goer. The portrait depicts details of his identity and social milieu, especially sartorial elements (the signifiers which visually place him within a specific social and economic context).

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