Why a Queer Photographer Is Going South

Published: May 27, 2013

CHICAGO — Budding young Cincinnati-based gay documentary photographer Christian Hendriks has an agenda. It involves travel, pictures and maybe even you.

His ambitious project South of the Ohio: A Queer Photo Documentary, will take the great American roadtrip south from the Midwestern state of Ohio, roving into warm climates to document queer cultures that exist amongst the weeds, the flowers, the cows, and the corn fields.

“For this project, I’m interested in any queer community — whether it be a small town with a gay bar, or marginalized communities of queer people who have come together in a rural area where queer identity is, at best, ignored,” Hendriks told Hyperallergic via email. “Safe zones and communities for queer people are seemingly rare in certain parts of the South.”

Other questions he wants to delve into include what it’s like to be queer in an politically conservative region that is also known for its hospitable attitudes.

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