This video was created for FLASH: Contemporary Photography Here
Special thanks to Mark Walton for the production of this film, as well as videographer Gita Blak, and editor Mathew McCarthy.
"Beautiful Boy" is an ongoing project focusing on my domestic partner as muse, documenting our
exploration of femininity and the nuances of photography as a transformative medium. I am using
photography as a testing ground for my partner, who is genderqueer, to visualize multiple feminine
identities. The photographs provide a canvas to investigate the visual language of womanhood that I was
raised with, and that my partner is only beginning to explore. Through watching movies, listening to
music and viewing countless photographs, I‘ve absorbed an archive of techniques to share. The
photographs recall childhood fantasies of dressing up, tapping into deep-seated narratives about desire,
beauty, freedom and cultural taboo. Although our emotional relationship is private and real, we perform
a romanticism that is obsessive and decadent. The fantasy of dressing up transforms the experience of
being photographed into one that fuses identity-creation with image-creation.