American science fiction movies, television shows, cartoons and superhero comic book escapades were regular imports growing up in the Philippines in the seventies. Thanks to action figure toys, the stories continued well beyond the screen and comic pages. These photographs revisit playing with those toys and boyhood narratives.
I draft and sculpt black cardboard cutouts of myself, including the superheroes I adored. I construct, light and photograph them with a 4x5 camera in homemade sets. These photographs explore my relationship with fantasy and desire with respect to the mythological American male hero.