I discovered Amy Elkins work when browsing through Richard Renaldi's website. I was particlularly taken by her portraiture and her "Wallflower" project in which she explores male identity in a non-traditional forum, namely contrasted with floral patterns. From her site:
"Wallflower, an ongoing and evolving series of male portraits, is an exploration into the other. With a strong interest in psychology, I have turned specifically to the psychology of the opposite sex, finding the mannerisms in which significant role models in my personal life reveal endlessly fascinating. It is through the series that I investigate and confront some of the cultural grounds underlying gender, opting to focus on the beauty, sensitivity and vulnerabilities found in a sex that has long been held to masculine expectations and stereotypes."