M. David Farrell, Jr. | Camp Bunn 2014, Masculinity in practice

For over one hundred years the Boy Scouts of America have been training and molding their followers to fit within a specific set of idealized behaviors. Patriotism, loyalty, bravery, reverence, etc. The BSA also prides itself in shaping boys into young men with these ideals in mind. In this growing body of work I am trying to call attention to the ways that these traits are engrained in their members through uniforms, gestures, activities, and settings. By seeing these faces and spaces that shape the identity of masculinity in this contemporary American institution I hope to flesh out some of the complex ideas that contribute to the idea of being a man in America.