"There's a whole subculture of people that live with their sex dolls," says Gary Farmer, cultural affairs program manager for the City of Miami Beach. "(But) I couldn't present pictures of these sex dolls on public property because that would be too controversial."
With names like Britney and Gabrielle, he explains, the dolls belong to men who swear their silicone companions have distinct personalities and voices and, in several cases, their own Twitter accounts. Some of the owners even marry their dolls and take them on honeymoons.
Jean-François Bouchard's, striking portraits of these dolls will be on display at the Shore Club in an exhibit titled "Still Life," this Saturday as part of Sleepless Night Miami Beach.
Sat., Nov. 5, 8 p.m., 2011