By James Dillon III & Minx
We reached out to Maine-based photographer James Dillon III earlier this year about running their ‘Queer Americana’ series on CQ and we’re proud to finally be able to bring it to you.
Photographed on a road trip across the country, Dillon’s series pushes buttons by setting up curious contrasts and juxtapositions, sometimes subtle and sometimes not. It’s a reflection of how queerness feels in our own personal spaces versus how it feels in the larger world around us—it is simultaneously familiar and foreign.
‘Queer Americana’ is a reminder of how one size doesn’t fit all. And yet, each of us must find ways of being in the world and ways to feel comfortable in our own skin. It is, at times, challenging.
Welcome to #queeramericana
My queerness is fluid.
I’ve been thinking a lot about queerness as a journey, not a destination. Not getting caught up in labels of queerness.
Over the years, I have more so identified as queer because it gives people space. It gives anyone space to just be themselves and for me to be myself and not have to define what that is in any sort of way.
Because I can wake up and feel or do a certain thing, dress a certain way, and that’s queer in its own regard. No matter what.
James Dillon III is an artist living in Portland, Maine. A self-styled Renaissance Queer, they use photography, writing, and performance art to explore, celebrate, and challenge the world around them.