My aim for this project is to present my group of sitters not only as individuals, but also as a contemporary rendition, by no means exclusive, of the nuances of queer masculinity. The title of this project references Russell T Davies 1999 television series Queer as Folk, one of my first personal memories as a queer individual of being exposed to a media portrayal of gay and queer individuals that put their stories at the centre of the narrative, and established a dialogue about these identities in social discourse.
The people in these images are from similar generation of queer people to myself - specifically those that in some way identify with a sense of masculinity, spanning a spectrum of an arguably more traditional gay male outlook to the femme, and the genderqueer. What really had me invested in this group of photographs was the complex combination of confidence and fragility - each of the sitters hold themselves with a self assuredness, which is accompanied by their gaze confrontationally meeting the lens. This is balanced, in some images more than others, with a sense of vulnerability, which I feel overall imbues them with a sense of humanity and nuance.
This project was made possible with a generous grant from The Richard and Siobhán Coward Foundation.