Sissy Guys Only by Derick Whitson
Editor Carrie Seitzinger, Photography, April 5th, 2017
"I am allowing myself to be influenced by sexually charged queer spaces..."
DERICK WHITSON: I’m intrigued by evaluating my own understanding of visual culture. My response to the photographic images stems from my knowledge of my own queer body history. In use is color vividness, and my application of flamboyance, overt decoration and clothing choices provides the opportunity to expand and add to a viewers interpretation of imagery. Some of my current questions are in response to image makers like Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Avedon, and this potential to photograph people that is negating the term “portraiture.” I am allowing myself to be influenced by sexually charged queer spaces to then recreate my own interpretation of color eccentric queer imagery existing in a tightly enclosed photographic frame; some examples include drag culture, sex clubs, bar scenes, cruising spaces, and club kid culture.
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Derick Whitson (b. 1991, Mansfield, Ohio) lives & works in New York City. Earned his BFA at Columbus College of Art & Design, and studied at the New York Studio Residency Program. He will receive an MFA from Columbia University in May 2017. Working within the realms of Photography, Video & Performance.