Ladder, 2016, Inkjet Print, 20 x 16 in.
My conceptual photographs are also deconstructive. Through the process of making so-called straight photographs that depict presumably queer subject matter, I am interested in the tension that surrounds such a distinction between stylistic approach and the content of a photographic image. This project is, on the one hand, about interrogating straightness as a stylized way of photographic-seeing. At the same time, the project is concerned with the limitations and potential of a photograph’s ability to describe, disclose, and conceal information about the subject matter that it depicts. I am interested not only in broad cultural assumptions that accompany photographic interpretation (as well as presumed knowledge of its maker, especially in relation to the categories of sexuality, gender, and race), but also the myriad interpretive possibilities that emerge when certainty cannot be guaranteed. It is within such confines and simultaneous openness that a kind of queer photography can begin to emerge.