Before ending up in New York City, I felt as though I was shedding an old skin. I starting a pilgrimage from Detroit, lived nomadically around the country until finally arriving in New York. Emerging from a context of urban decay, I intuitively sought stimulation in the margins. At the same time queerness, was becoming a new lens through which I saw my work to explain the world around me. Queer; Tribal. Admittedly, my general interest in the self, identity and community morphed into more focused and refined explorations of queerness. In both, I examine the individual and the individual’s relationship to a broader culture or subculture. Conventions particularly as they relate to gender and sexuality – are not only redefined but in constant flux. As it celebrates differences within these endlessly transforming tribes. For this body of work, I first entered into a world unfamiliar to most – and a realm that transcends borders, geographic and otherwise. These places are where the depiction of one’s expression has impact and the lines of gender are blurred. During the last years of my photographic explorations, what I actually encountered was a tribe.