These portraits are the product of slow photography, of an intimate, unique conversation with each participant. It was essential that the experience of being photographed be a pleasure - warm, intimate, playful. Not necessarily uncomplicated, or without tears. But something special, a cocoon, a sanctuary. A space to be who you are without fear of being wrong. A space to speak yourself out instead of being consumed.
My hope was to offer space to engage with the complex beauty of our diverse bodies. From one state to another, a turning, a molecular shift, like water to ice to vapour, seeing self from a new angle, letting a part of you bubble to the surface, recognising it. We made these portraits together, beyond looking, and towards being seen.
This project is for anyone who has felt despair in a changing room; who wants more than what is given; who seeks to be seen; who wonders if they are enough.
Supported by a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and donations from 99 Kickstarter backers.
Queer Enough portrait exhibit at 1314 Half Gallery, Washington, DC throughout June 2018. @queerenough