Growing up as a child of the church certain values were instilled in me that I didn’t question or explore deeply. Three years ago as a part of my role in public safety, I was asked by Project R.I.G.H.T. in the Boston, Grove Hall community to fund a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Straight and Transgender group for youth in the minority community who were in severe conflict. As a supporter, I attended several sessions and was amazed at the complexity of issues with which these young people were facing on a daily basis.
This forced me to understand more about what I had been taught as a child. What I realized is that my photography has a way of being able to take you/me to places you/I may feel uncomfortable. Expanding my photography has required me to expand my views and examine my personal values and often- unchallenged beliefs.
My gratitude to Liz, Karen and Henri who invited me to photograph my First Drag Queen Show: “Drag Queen Divas Give Back”.
Not only did I learn about shooting concerts in low light- I also learned about suffering, bullying and the treatment the LGBT community receives from so called “straight people”.
I learned how to laugh at myself and most importantly I made some new friends. Yesterday’s photo (#155) and all this week, I will showcase shots on my 365 site from that show.
Art is the window to a world outside of your own.
Thank you so much for sharing this insight and for these incredible pictures. Through these pictures you give dignity to so many wonderful individuals.
Thank you for sharing your experience.
Those are some touching words and really beautiful photos! I don’t think you can go wrong in life by treating others with respect.
Thanks, Much Respect!