IN A NUTSHELL
Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America, is a long term multi-media project that explores what it means to be queer in America today though photographic portraits, written statements and short video.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I see these people in the photographs and they are beautiful. They are not beautiful because they emulate cisgender ideals, nor are they beautiful because they are flaunting some sort of anti-establishment agenda, but because they themselves are beautiful." - The Eccentric Tomboy
"Thank you so much for doing this project as well as allowing me to become a part of it. You guys came into my life during a chapter of my metamorphosis where I felt that I had no chance at life and I have found an immense source of inspiration from you all's presence.” -Jesus, 18, TX.
“Indeed, in a straight world in which queer lives and bodies that live them are rarely noted for anything other than how they deviate, Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America enters into the gallery at an opportune moment in American history, a history that, as Landreth makes clear, must stretch to accommodate the heterogeneous population that forms it.” – Erin Silver, Ciel Variable No. 81
Hey y’all it’s been awhile since I dusted off the wordpress, so here’s the run down of what’s been going on:
1. A major portfolio from Embodiment was featured in the French publication, M, Le Magazine du Monde as a reaction to President Obama’s latest support for gay marriage. Pretty awesome. Check it out HERE!
2. Several portraits from Embodiment will be a part of the exhibition, Elles @SAM Gallery, at the Seattle Art Museum Gallery this Fall in conjunction with the, Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris exhibition which will be featured in the main museum. Stay tuned for more details.
3. Inspired by all the women in art and photography programing that will be happening around Seattle this Fall, I have been asked to teach a class on Women in Photography at the Photo Center NW starting this September! If you’re interested, register now…HERE!
4. This October in Munich Germany, Amerika Haus and Pasinger Fabrik will team up to co-produce what will surely be a show stopping exhibition. Next Generation: Contemporary American Photography, will feature a large selection of work from Embodiment, next to photographs by Alec Soth, Amy Elkins and many more. More on that soon!
5. Inspired by work discovered in the Embodiment project I have received some very fun requests for similarly styled editorial work. I trudged into the woods to photograph a “once lost, now found” hiker in Oregon to illustrate an exclusive story in Marie Claire Magazine’s July Issue and I rearranged the office furniture at the Gates Foundation for a quick photo shoot with Melinda Gates for Newsweek. (The Newsweek story ended up changing and the photo wasn’t published – but the experience was an honor regardless!)
6. Taking the “intimate portrait” one step further, I’ve been photographing some very extraordinary weddings lately. As a result, I have become really interested in noticing how this ritual of marriage gets acted out in so many wildly different ways. One day that particularly stood out for me was spent on the magical Lummi Island on the prettiest day we’ve had this summer. Check out the portfolio HERE!
7. This spring I had the wonderful opportunity to exhibit my work at several places around Seattle, in support and response to the Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, exhibition which was welcomed into the Tacoma Art Museum (via the National Portrait Gallery and The Brooklyn Art Museum) around the same time. These shows were, Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography which took place at the Photographic Center NW and Under the Rainbow: Images By and About Gay Men and Women at the Greg Kucera Gallery (In association with the Gail Gibson Gallery and Platform Gallery).
8. Last winter I was honored to be a part of an exhibition at Platform Gallery, One More Kiss Then We’re History, sharing wall space with Cobi Moules, Kelli Connell, Steven Frost, and Steve Locke.
9. Very recently I was able to collaborate with local musician Sera Cahoon on promotional images for her new album Deer Creek Canyon, released September 25th on SUB POP Records. We had a great time wheelbarrowing my camera equipment through the beach to get to this sweet little cabin on Vashon Island. You can see some images from the shoot and listen to her single HERE!
10. Last but not least, I turned 34 this month and had an epic Northwest style birthday which spanned three little islands, a breakfast with friends, a lunch with family and a sweet dinner with my puppy Lewis Jr. and my VIP Kennedy. …You don’t get any better than that.
Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to visit SUNY Brockport + The Visual Studies Workshop and give a lecture about my photography. I also had the chance to meet with students and to review their work which I totally love to do. The students ranged from freshman in college to thesis writing gradstudents and a few portfolios really stood out from the rest! I can’t wait to see them start making the rounds on photo blogs very soon. Thanks so much to all of you who made that experience so rich and rewarding! If you or anyone you know wants to bring Embodiment to your campus, let me know!
As Washington State puts the issue of gay marriage on the fast track I can’t help but get an excited flutter that my home-sweet-home-state is about to make a lot of people very happy. I’ve never been one to say that marriage is right or necessary for everyone, but I do happen to think that it’s particularly medieval to not have the choice!
I want to hear from some of you married queer folks out there. I want to know; are you queering what it looks like and feels like to be married and possibly the hertronormative expectations that go along with it? I want to hear from those of you who are planning a wedding – how is (or isn’t) your wedding queer??
I won’t often cross promote on this blog but I feel like today it feels right, as we inch closer and closer to passing this bill, and my two worlds threaten overlap. For the last year I have been photographing weddings. It happened on accident when my (straight) little sister had the queerest wedding I’ve even been to. My heart burst open and I saw the tradition and event with new eyes. I’ve been hooked ever since, and just made this website as a way to promote the work. BUT…I really would love to photograph MORE QUEER WEDDINGS (duh!). Come on Washington (or anywhere really!) say I Do. www.mollylandrethweddings.com
I just had to post this video because it makes me so happy that Governor Gregoir is finally putting her weight behind legalizing gay marriage in Washington State. YAY! It’s about time!!
Don’t miss the new feature up today on EMBODIMENTUSA.COM!
Check out the lovely Ms. Ginger and read what she has to say about our photo shoot back in 2007. “To me, Embodiment is about recognition, being called out by name–and I think this is part of why I wanted to participate. As a queer femme, I’m often invisible, even in queer communities….”
I am so grateful for such an outstanding 2011 and know 2012 will be even better. So many awesome things have happened in the last few months that I’ve been to busy to blog regularly…SO…here’s a little “End of 2011 Review.”
1. I was honored to be a part of a show here in Seattle at the Platform Gallery. To promote the shot I did a quick interview with Jen Graves at The Stranger about it while cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. Check it out!
2. I have a big exhibition up until the end of January at the East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue hosted by the camera club f5.6 and sponsored by 4Culture. If you’re a local go check it out! You don’t have to be a part of the church to enjoy it. For more information go HERE
3. I had so much fun visiting and lecturing with my old friend Eli (who you may recognize) who curated this exhibition of queer artists at the Williams Way LGBTQ community center in Philadelphia. Read a bit about it HERE
4. After Philly I flew straight off to NY to give a talk as part of an exhibition at the Camera Club of New York. The enthusiastic crowd of family, friends and supporters quickly eased my nerves and the night went off without a hitch! The exhibition was wonderful as well and I was so happy to see all the great work in person! Curated by Tema Stauffer from Culturehall – Read more HERE
5. As mentioned in another blog post, I was able to attend and take part in the Photography + Publishing conference hosted by Lightwork Gallery + Syracuse University. I pushed by nerves aside and took part in a panel with Andy Adams, Amy Stein and Phil Toledano about Web 2.0 Publishing. It was so much fun! You can see the live stream video below!
THANK YOU to everyone who made this year so fun and rewarding. Here’s to a productive and inspiring 2012!!