Because I am a woman, mine is a Female Gaze. These are my presentations of men.
Throughout the history of cinema, male directors have historically objectified women by dint of their 'controlling male gaze,' presenting Woman as 'image' or 'spectacle' and Man as 'beholder' or 'bearer of the look.' Men do the looking; women are there to be looked at.
All the scholarly work in the world cannot explain what is depicted here. These are photographs of my friends. Well - they are photographs of my male friends... and just about all of them are rock n roll guys.
Like the rest of those scholarly types, I can and sometimes do invoke social and literary criticism on the text otherwise known as Images. But really... at the end of the day, these are portraits of my friends.
Trying to read anything else into this is a futile exercise. Yes - that's directed at you, College Student! Sometimes a cigar is a just a cigar, and sometimes a picture of a pipe is a picture of a pipe.
I'm not trying to make any point other than the proverbial "Here's Johnny." Oh, and that Johnny photographs pretty well...