Honeysuckle is a collection of portraits that explore the connection between queer identity and the physical/social landscapes of the South. Through my photographic practice, I use the camera as a tool to create a space for my subjects to express themselves fully. By removing the hindrances of the surrounding environment (the South), the viewer may experience a moment that often remains unseen. By photographing in a way that utilizes the traditional understanding of landscape imagery and juxtaposing it with aspects of queer identity such as the queer body, or unconventional expressions of masculinity, a conversation about how these two almost conflicting identities function simultaneously can begin. The work invites the viewer to experience how the world shifts and changes the way we perceive things, through the lens of these seemingly disparate identities combined. The portraits mixed with the landscape imagery bring the viewer into a collective queer experience. The layering and combining of different image types, functions as a representation of the complexity of these past experiences. In order for the relationship between person and place to be understood all of the intertwining elements must be understood. My work seeks to create these connections, and bring them to life as physical representations.
Nuclear Family is a series of medium format color photos that investigate the family unit and the space they inhabit during a point of major change. When my parents decided to end their marriage, I began photographing my brothers and the space we had all inhabited as a way of preserving those memories.