Relationships, real or imagined, are at the center of this work.  Growing up queer, I searched for a history that spoke to me—included me.  In my family history, there were no couples that mirrored my own intimate relationships.  That didn’t keep me from imagining such couples.

Through the Lens of Desire creates implied narratives using snapshots from the 1920s- 1950s.  Vernacular photographs from that era were created as private keepsakes and the unselfconscious intimacy they depict feels authentic and relatable.  As modern viewers, we witness personal moments that were never intended to be public.  By purposefully selecting images that picture men together and women together I am creating an imaginary queer past.  I am drawn to the subtle points of contact and the spaces between the figures pictured.  Each gesture or distracted glance holds a story, and it is these stories that reflect my own desire and experiences. 

This project brings a contemporary rereading to old photographs to address sexuality and relationships in a subtle way. My images are works of fiction, where I project my own dreams onto moments from the past.

Flowered Dresses

Flowered Dresses

Necklace

Necklace

Like Spoons

Like Spoons

Cigarette

Cigarette

Racket

Racket

Folding Chairs

Folding Chairs

Polka Dots

Polka Dots

The Garden

The Garden

Intertwined

Intertwined

Boots

Boots

The Mentor

The Mentor

Buttons

Buttons

Lei

Lei

Well Suited

Well Suited

Bathing Suits

Bathing Suits

Fence

Fence

Hat

Hat