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Photographer Captures The Two Faces Of Drag Queens
By Anthea Quay, 02 Aug 2012
Photographer Leland Bobbé’s world of photos expresses the modernity of humanity, humanity in the third millennium.
In his portrait series ‘I mezzi drag di’ (“The means of drag”, or “Half drag”) for Vogue Italy, Bobbé brilliantly depicts the two faces of drag queens—“the Nietzschean ‘overman’: the man that goes beyond, who is beyond. Not male, not female, not biological”, according to Vogue Italy.
In ‘Half Drag’, the split-faced images show men changing themselves and finding their feminine side in parallel to their masculine side—exploring the concept of contemporary queer and sexuality—clearly showing the difference, and clearly showing what wonders make-up can do.
Though the images look as if they’re made of two separate faces and joined together, they were not constructed in post-production.
"These images are part of an ongoing series of portraits of Drag Queens in half drag. With this series my intention is to capture both the male and the alter-ego female side of these subjects in one image,” Bobbé said.
“Through the power of hair and makeup these men are able to completely transform themselves and find their female side while simultaneously showing their male side. These are composed in camera and are not two separate images joined together.”
[via Vogue Italy]
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