Over the last 15 years, Tom Atwood has made hundreds of environmental portraits of LGBTQ Americans from all walks of life. He recently published Kings & Queens in Their Castles (Damiani), his second collection of portraits from the project. The photographs, all shot in the homes of his subjects, reveal fascinating details about their work and interests, their tastes and esthetics, and their socioeconomic status. Among his subjects are a number of celebrities, including Don Lemon, John Waters, Simon Doonan, Meredith Baxter and George Takei, to name just a few.
In this PDN video, Atwood explains how he makes the portraits. He offers insight about the settings he chooses, his lighting techniques and his strategies for getting his subjects to relax in front of his camera. (See more images at Tom Atwood’s project site and Facebook page.)
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