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Queer Journeys Through Suburbia


Queer Journeys Through Suburbia utilises photography to explore the multi-layered British suburban landscape with a particular interest in invisible, othered LGBTQIA+ inhabitants. The primary focus of my research is to explore how LGBTQIA+ individuals navigate and engage with the British suburban landscape in the 21st century. Of particular interest is how these journeys through the physical world are made guided by digital technologies. GPS technologies incorporated into dating apps like Grindr have provided discreet ways for marginalised individuals to meet others in their local area. 

This work also aims to tell personal stories about journeys through suburbia that would not usually be heard. It is also concerned with the body as a political tool, and how the physical act of walking references generations of pilgrimages, protests and marches. The act of walking is central to this project, in part because my own creative practice revolves around a creative meditation incited by walking with my camera, but also because these short, local journeys are often on two feet. LGBTQIA+ culture thrives in the UK in urban areas, with bars, clubs and community centres but these are not so readily available outside of the city and not appropriate for those who like MSM or WSW do not identify with the mainstream interpretation of gay, lesbian or queer, etc. 

I am using re-walking and photography to document personal queer journeys through suburbia, telling visual tales of how the British landscape is multi-layered, and inhabited and navigated by all kinds of diverse creatures. 


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