In Reclamation

I exist as a product of my experiences. As a queer person, I’m forced to consider how I occupy spaces which are inherently heteronormative and how I’ve thereby internalized the standards of heteronormative institutions. This intrinsically defines how I understand intimacy and closeness. I created this series as a reclamation of intimacy by recreating an archival wedding photo through a queer lens. The process of creating the images was equally as important as the images themselves. It allowed me to create an unapologetically vulnerable space, helping me to genuinely connect to the models with whom I was working. In this way my work gives me space to learn how to feel vulnerable, and reclaim space which I feel has been taken from me.

By Callahan Bracken