Ladder, 2016, Inkjet Print, 20 x 16 in.
My conceptual photographs are deconstructive. In this body of work I wanted to make so-called straight photographs that depict presumably queer subject matter in order to “see” straightness and queerness simultaneously. This work explores the largely invisible tension that surrounds the 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 of a photograph as a means to describe, disclose, and conceal information about the subject matter depicted. 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 such certainty cannot be guaranteed.