B Shot by a Stranger 2016 (NSFW)

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CB5 for BSBS2016, by @GonzaloBénard

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CB9 for BSBS2016, by @GonzaloBénard

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CB10 for BSBS2016, by @GonzaloBénard

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B Shot by a Stranger is a sociological photographic project that looks into the loneliness of youth, being shot through webcam, as a play of voyeurism, to not interfere with the loners’ physical and energetic space. They don’t know me but they trust me as a stranger, being lonely they need attention, or someone to talk with. All these young men have between 18 and 28yo, from all around the world, different cultures, different religions, different worries. They are social, but they drawn in their own loneliness when alone.

From Ohio to Philippines, from Austria to Puerto Rico, Poland or South Africa, seems that the universal youth is suffering from this considered the illness of the century: loneliness.

Here at B Shot by a Stranger they share with us their lonely rituals and their private moments. Some play instruments, some dance, cook, take photographs, do yoga… but one thing that they all do when they feel alone is to take a bath or shower: a quite interesting ritual, if we connect the religions using the water to purify and clean, both body and mind, or even if we go back in time to find that being in the water can give some sense of security like in the mother’s womb. But specially, being males, we have to deal with some more prejudices on our society including the “weakness” of man who cry, so shower and bath is the perfect place in which we allow ourselves to cry as we’re already wet, so not even for ourselves we will deal with tears. Boys do cry.

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LW1 for BSBS2016, by @GonzaloBénard

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LW2 for BSBS2016, by @GonzaloBénard

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LW4 for BSBS2016, by @GonzaloBénard

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LW7 for BSBS2016, by @GonzaloBénard

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LW9 for BSBS2016, by @GonzaloBénard

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LW10 for BSBS2016, by @GonzaloBénard

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LW11 for BSBS2016, by @GonzaloBénard

For the loner it’s easier to share with a stranger who will not judge you. They know that they’re being shot. They feel good doing so. They feel that you are someone giving them the attention they need at this moment when they feel lonely. They expose themselves. They play. They laugh. They talk. They pose. Naturally. Being themselves, feeling safe, shot by a stranger. A stranger that they can trust.

Gonzalo Bénard is the stranger that is shooting these young volunteers who are lonely in their homes; the process becomes a kind of sociological game – Bénard becomes the witness of their solitary habits. Shooting the screen via a webcam, like a security camera, he records their private moments, never leaving them while they cook, shower, read, drink, play, sleep or dance alone in their own private places. Worldwide, because loneliness doesn’t know borders, gender, sexuality, race… as we’re all humans out there.

Started in 2011 as an experimental series shot through webcam, it was in 2012 when B Shot by a Stranger took some deepness in its meaning and become a real project to which I’ve been dedicating an incredible amount of time. The aim of this project has been always to portray one of the most delicate “state of mind” amongst youth in this screenager’s time: loneliness.

It’s also great the feeling of being trusted, which leads to a more responsible work. They’re naked in their privacy and frailness, often for the first time with a stranger. And they trust. And I can only thank for it.

In this “B Shot by a Stranger” series, I’ve been trying to portray loneliness in youth the most accurate and honest way, and that’s why I don’t use to lead them to anything special, they just do whatever they do when they’re lonely. Some loners are more aware, or conscious of the webcam than others. Some just forget they are being watched. Some others just enjoy being seen, or the virtual company in their own loneliness.
I can only thank to all the loners who volunteered all these years for this project. It has been an extraordinary experience, with which I’ve been also learning immensely.

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LW12 for BSBS2016, by @GonzaloBénard

Meanwhile have a wonderful month!

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Gonzalo Bénard

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The Sacred Book of G” is a stream of consciousness, a thought provoking intimate journal written by Gonzalo Bénard. After 3 days of brain death he reborn with a deep loss of memory. He reborn without any sense of his past — of his own roots — of his own self. Before that he’d spent his time creating defences to disguise his autism. He had lost it too. New born G had no memory and no defences.

I, Energy” is a book on Cosmic Consciousness, Quantum Physics and Old Shamanism written by Gonzalo Bénard who not only lived in Himalayas with shamans and in a Buddhist monastery but also in the Western Sahara with old shamans. A guide on healing and transcendental meditation and how you can master your own mind.

Gonzalo Bénard is the author of The Sacred Book of G and I, Energy that you can now purchase directly from the publisher with 20% discount.
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Gonzalo Bénard is a lecturer, a tutor of autistic teenagers, and a visual artist. His photography has been part of the annual programs of several universities around the world, and are in several private and public art collections such as Museum of Serralves, Cultural Centre of Cascais or Sir Elton John’s. You may also know his works from Hollywood productions and TV series.
You can see his work of photography at his webpage.