"Put yourself in the way of beauty."
I think that quote is from Cheryl Strayed's mom? Anyone who's been to art school will scoff, beauty is such a loaded term with no real meaning, it's subjective. Artists are supposed to say powerful, interesting, well-composed, etc. But beauty has always resonated with me, and I have sought it out as an artist for my entire life. Relatively new to SF by way of Brooklyn, I'm still learning about the beauty here.
I capture the lives, the struggles, the fears, and the oppression of the queer community. It would be an understatement to say that there's a lot of material for me in San Francisco, but it's not the troves of queer people that make interesting art (although I love them so). For me, the nuance is where the power comes in. What does it mean to be queer? What makes a femme invisible? What does queer look like in SF vs. NY? These are some of the topics I explore, and that often means the art takes on a life of it's own once it's out of my camera. I'm just one of the artists involved, so are my subjects and viewers.