Photography is a transformative medium in the sense that it has the power to change the subject, the viewer, and the photographer. In the wrong hands photography has the power to be incredibly violent and objectifying. So I’m giving the power back to the subject, and creating softness by printing photographs on fluid translucent fabric, inviting the viewer to engage with the work by walking through soft images of queer people.
Softness as Survival is a resistance, a celebration; a way to romanticize the fuck out of queer folks. I’m interested in softness and beauty as a way to thrive in a time when many queer and marginalized people are tired and running on empty; when being queer, or being a person of color, is about surviving every day.
This work is inspired by my friends who push back, one beautiful queer person at a time, against the white cisgender heterosexual world and the dominance of white gay men in the media. Softness as Survival is inspired by the way people feel when they see the photographs I’ve taken of them. Because of this, I want to give something back to my community by representing folks in a way that allows them to see themselves.