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The Queer Window Project Photography

The Queer Window Project set out to represent and celebrate Scotland’s gay and queer community. The people featured in the pictures all responded to a call I put out where they were invited to participate in a photo shoot with the intention that some of the photos would form the basis of illustrations. The output from the project is a collection of 30 photographs and 15 large-scale illustrations. The project was influenced by an exhibition I had seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art when I was living there, by Zoe Strauss called “10 years”. From 2001 – 2010, Strauss would take amazing pictures of her community and then set up exhibitions under the I-95 highway overpass in South Philadelphia and people could come a buy work for 5 dollars. “10 Years” was a collection of her photos, and as part of the exhibition, 52 billboards around Philadelphia were wallpapered with one photo, no explanation, no advertising for the counterpart exhibition, just the photo of someone from her community. I loved how accessible it made the work, it meant everyone could see it, regardless of where you’re from or your age, your job or how confident you feel stepping into a gallery space. My wife and I were totally broke at the time (I wasn’t allowed to work on her visa as our marriage didn’t count in America under federal law) so we couldn’t afford to do much stuff, but this was free and totally awesome. We printed out a map of all the billboard locations and biked around Philly looking for each one.

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