We’re very aware that it’s Pride Month, but we haven’t been featuring LGBT photographers only during the month of June. In fact, we’ve been doing it holistically throughout the years. But this month, we’ll be looking at the many photographers from the LGBTQIA community that have been featured on our site. Here are five incredible stories you should check out.
All images are used with permission and are copyrighted by the respective LGBT photographers. The lead image is by Annie Flanagan.
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Carlos Hernandez weaves queer elements into the themes of the photo series Queer Alienism. We’ve all seen various photo series with body painting as the main focus, but Carlos’ project began with research into queer theory and pride history at university. It’s become a way for Carlos to honor and advance queer relationships in society.
Love of all kinds doesn’t just need respect but also normalization, feels LGBT photographer Ashley Zhang. Ashley wanted to avoid creating a photo project that focuses solely on queer love for fear of alienating it. For this reason it isn’t the forefront of the project “Lovers“
Cherisha Kay Norman
Cherisha feels that society doesn’t easily adapt to changes that happen. This is put forth in the photo series Layers of Symptoms — which is a visual representation of the sensation of dealing with different types of mental illnesses. This isn’t a topic everyone is comfortable discussing, and Cherisa feels it takes a combined effort from us all to change this.
Ericka learned that individuals from the pride community were in church congregations all over the south of the USA. The series came about with an interest in finding stories of people who shared their experiences growing up in the church. Many of them came out after departing it or even while still being members.
Deafening Sound is a project about women trying to recover from abusive relationships. A project that Annie started as a way for them to process the trauma of rape. Self-portraiture became a way for them to slow down and step back.