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‘Queer Americana’ Pt. 8: Tim

By James Dillon III & Tim

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

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Please read Dillon’s primer for the series, visit their website, or consider becoming a Patreon subscriber.


“Being a queer kid, I always felt like I was at war with my own body. Forcing it into shapes and spaces it never seemed to fit. But as I grow, I see the battles were never me against me. I was struggling against standards and expectations set by faceless forces. The secret is realizing that to win the fight you have to stop fighting yourself… to let your authentic self exist freely.”

-Tim


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.