“Half Drag”: The Two Faces of Gender Identity
In photographer Leland Bobbe’s most recent project “Half Drag,” the New York native captures the two identities of the big city’s drag queens. Bobbe captures the images in-camera with the queens sporting their alter egos in full hair (and even fuller makeup) on the left side while sporting an au naturel look all on the right.
“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,” Bobbe tells the Huffington Post.
When explaining how the project started, Bobbe backtracks to last fall’s Workbook party in New York where he was introduced to Sabel. The party had a carnival theme featuring burlesque performers and drag queens. Bobbe had recently completed a shoot featuring burlesque performer Doctor Flux and decided to initiate a project using real New York drag queens. He reached out to Sabel, who was on board, and this was the result. He then reached out to others through Facebook and since, the project has gone viral, with no signs of Bobbe slowing down in this awe-inspiring, boundary-breaking project.