Jeff Sheng, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (2009-2010).
- Ellis, Olympia, Washington (2010)
- Grace, Fort Jackson, South Carolina (2010)
- Glynn and Celine, Ft Worth, Texas (2009)
- Tristan and Zeke, Honolulu, Hawaii (2010)
- Pearce and David, Seattle, Washington (2010)
- Dean, Montgomery, Alabama (2010)
- Colonel, D.C. (2010)
- Sara, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2010)
- Oliver, Helena, Montana (2010)
- Patrick, Kansas City, Missouri (2010)
One of the least mourned institutions this year has to be Don’t Ask Don’t Tell — Jeff Sheng contributed to its demise with these atmospheric portraits of gay servicemen and servicewomen. I see a wonderful sense of humor — ironic salutes and half-hidden faces — coupled with an undercurrent of menace: what are we hiding from, why so withdrawn. Sometimes the body language is downright uncomfortable to watch, and we have to realize that this is what we came down to yet again: another class deemed separate but equal with as much grounding in fact and reality as any other racist/homophobic/religionist policy of the past millenium.
I’m so glad DADT is history.
(via Kaycee Olson Gallery, LA Times and viaphotography | buy the book)