Men Carrying Flowers: Volume 1, is an ongoing work by artist Ophelia Mikkelson Jones. Captured on an iPhone camera, the photographs document an intimate gesture in a public space: a man carrying flowers, on the street. The work pursues the unplanned and fleeting occurrence over five years, considering kindness as a matter to be found and followed. Alongside the work is writing by author Durga Chew-Bose. Bose offers ten encounters of men carrying flowers, drawing from both personal and imagined realities.
Ophelia Mikkelson Jones is an artist from New Zealand. Drawn to moments of everyday encounter and intimate gesture her multidisciplinary practice includes photography, painting and sculpture.
Durga Chew-Bose is a writer based between Montreal and New York. Her book of essays, Too Much and Not the Mood, was published in 2017. Chew-Bose has written for publications including The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and is Senior Editor at SSENSE.