“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 takes 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. The dual-beauty put forth by each of these models is fruitfully annunciated in Leland’s composition.
“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.
To provide a little history, Bobbe backtracks to 2011′s Fall Workbook party in New York where he was introduced to Sabel one of the many vivacious queens of this project. The party had a carnival theme featuring a multitude burlesque performers and drag queens. Bobbe had recently completed a shoot featuring burlesque performer Doctor Flux and had his mind on a project using real New York drag queens. He reached out to Sabel with the idea, who then helped see that the project emerged at full capacity.
Check out more of Leland’s groundbreaking work here.