Photography > Portraits of Queer Couples

2021
Mlle Beaumount and Mlle LaBelle
found salt and pepper shakers, found photographs, found materials
20 inches x 28 inches
2020
Josephone and Callie
found salt and pepper shakers, found photographs, found materials
20 inches x 28 inches
2020
Ramona and Ivy from the band Tilted Mission
found salt and pepper shakers, found photographs, found materials
20 inches x 28 inches
2020
Tim and Tom
found salt and pepper shakers, found photographs, found materials
20 inches x 28 inches
2020
Walter and Ted
found salt and pepper shakers, found photographs, found materials
20 inches x 28 inches
2020
Diane and Lexy
found salt and pepper shakers, found photographs, found materials
20 inches x 28 inches
2020
Austin and Ray
found salt and pepper shakers, found photographs, found materials
20 inches x 28 inches
2020

In my ongoing photography project, Portraits of Queer Couples, I explore definitions of couple hood by recasting commonplace salt and pepper shakers as queer couples. I photograph the couples in dioramas that I create from found photographs 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.