Lipstick, Powder, and Paint #1

This project tells a very personal story about a wonderful time in my life. While I have had a history of loving drag, dating back to the 1970’s, I had grown somewhat out of touch with that world until my dear friend, Arnold Myint, decided to try his hand at creating Suzy Wong. Then it got real fun, real fast. Since Arnold never does anything half-way, Suzy went on the road a lot, competed in pageants, took to the stage. This was not some guy just thinking about a good look for Halloween. This was a jeans-wearing dude on one day and a glamorous diva the next. I was so lucky to be part of Arnold’s world, because he brought me totally in, and it was such fun to photograph. This is a well-documented chapter of my life. I used to think the photos were about the subjects, but I have come to realize that the photos are, in fact, about me.

This one was taken when Arnold was competing in a pageant. I had gone along as his photographer, gal-pal, the person who was willing to give advise and stay up all night, the person who was able to help document this time for him as well as for me. I love this photo. I love the part of female impersonating that involves the real theatre of it all. Arnold loves to make up and wear sparkly things.

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