Queer Portraits is an ongoing series of large-scale colour photographs of my community in Montreal, Canada, which captures my relationships with my friends, lovers, and siblings. Each portrait is taken in a different domestic setting, characterized by saturated colours and often discursive backgrounds – using professional lighting and a medium format film camera, I create a studio within each home environment, and intentionally place every object that appears within the frame. These settings raise questions regarding private queer space as a realm for the development of community and the expression of genders and sexualities that are often marginalized within the public sphere. This intimate portrait series explores the relationship between photographer and subject and exposes the strong element of trust that exists between me and my friends as they appear in each photograph. I am interested in expressing fierceness, beauty, and resistance through the confrontational gaze of my subjects and the aesthetic of a queer subculture, a goal that underlies the series and my work as a whole.