Highly effective Portraits of Drag Queens In and Out of Costume

Drag queen in and out of costume.
Brenda the drag queen.

A photographer impressed by Annie Leibowitz captured highly effective portraits of drag queens out and in of costume to indicate the “human aspect” of their characters.

Drag queens have discovered themselves on the middle of an argument between conservatives and liberals with many purple states attempting to push via laws that may ban drag exhibits from public locations.

Photographer Matt Ramey is from North Carolina, one of many states pushing to restrict drag performances, and was prompted to hold out the mission by the rise of anti-LGBTQ+ laws.

“My associate is non-binary and queer so it was hitting near dwelling,” Ramey tells PetaPixel.

“However the anti-drag and anti-trans laws is so hateful and regarding that I needed to do no matter I may in my small half to deal with it.”

Drag queen in and out of costume.
Chanté Elise Cassidy
Drag queen in and out of costume.
Miss B Haven

“I made a decision I needed to indicate drag performers out and in of drag to indicate the human aspect of the characters they play on stage,” he continues.

“Annie Leibovitz’s portraits of showgirls have been an enormous inspiration visually with the costumed photographs in coloration and the out-of-costume photographs in black and white.”

Drag queen in and out of costume.
Dana St. James
Drag queen in and out of costume.
Chloe Cassidy

Capturing a Drag Queen’s Portrait

“Entering into drag takes so lengthy that I wasn’t going to ask anybody to get in drag only for the portrait,” explains Ramey. “So I met the entire performers for his or her costumed portrait out and about earlier than a present.”

Drag queen in and out of costume.
Shelita Bonet Hoyle
Drag queen in and out of costume.
Poison Venemisis

To shoot the photographs, Ramey needed to conjure up a conveyable studio that included a four-and-a-half-foot seamless paper roll, a Profoto A10 with a gel on to create completely different coloured backgrounds, and a Profoto A2 for the important thing mild.

“Initially I needed to do type of three-quarter-length portraits however I noticed I most likely wouldn’t have the room to arrange a seamless paper roll that giant on the venues I went to, so I made a decision to do tighter portraits for every little thing,” he says.

“The lights are very small and transportable and made it simple for me to arrange on the completely different venues the place they might carry out.”

Drag queen in and out of costume.
Ruby Liquer
Drag queen in and out of costume.
Alex Thee Rabbit
Drag queen in and out of costume.
Emory Starr

“For the black and white portraits, I used window mild for all of them. I shot every little thing on a Sony A7 III with a Sigma Artwork 85mm 1.4 lens,” he provides.

In an article for the Huffington Post, Ramey explains that he requested every of his topics the query: “Why is it necessary to dwell in your fact?”

“So the portraits plus the quotes from every performer make up the center and soul of this mission,” he provides.

Drag queen in and out of costume.

You’ll be able to see extra of Ramey’s photographs by visiting his website and Instagram.

Picture credit: All photographs by Matt Ramey.