I discovered Kevin Brannaman's work on Flickr. His photostream had a collection of frank self portraits that were as confrontational as they were compelling. He made me think of Mappelthorpe but in a less formal sense and with more of a "fantasy" component as well.
Brannaman takes elements know to us and part of everyday life and compbines them in beautiful but sometimes unsettling compositions. His figures exist in a world that while familiar to us is not our own.
I haven't been able to find out a lot about him, other than he's in his 40s and lives in Seattle. The one thing I have found written by/about him is as follows:
"All of my work is taken with a digital camera. By mininimal manipulation of the images, my goal is to heighten the natural in order to transform the everday into the etheral."