Bound by Night
Edition : First / Portland / Wild Life Press / 2014 / Hardcover. / Fine
Oblong 12mo, 104pp. Numerous colour plates. From an edition of 500 copies.
“Bound by Night captures a snapshot of the contemporary House Ballroom scene in America. A scene which continues to be a place of community, boundless creativity and fierce competition. An underground society through which individuals can find family and fame. The images here include intimate portraits, street shots, behind the scenes preparations and the runway battles themselves. The Femme Queens, Butch Queens, Sex Sirens, and Voguers featured find shelter in the night to confidently claim their chosen gender identity, or sexual orientation. Beginning at Vogue Knights in New York City and extending through the entirety of the North Eastern seaboard, photographer Elegance Bratton takes the viewer on a journey to the heart of this scene and asks them to contemplate the necessity of the night time for the Ballroom community.”