Portraits of Queer Couples
found salt and pepper shakers, found photographs, found materials
16 inches x 24 inches
In my ongoing photography project, Portraits of Queer Couples, I explore definitions of couple hood by recasting found, commonplace salt and pepper shakers as queer couples. I photograph the couples in dioramas that I create from photographs, plants, and other materials, and I name each “person”. By using salt and pepper shakers to create portraits and by giving each “person” a name, I am creating reminders about lost, overlooked and neglected queer histories, narratives and imagery. In essence, this is an act of repair and reclamation, albeit an invented one, that relies on the viewer’s suspension of disbelief.