feature: inside the house ballroom scene – photographer gerard gaskin

June 10, 2015

Explore the House Ballroom Scene through the eyes of acclaimed Trinidadian photographer Gerard Gaskin. “My images try to show a more personal and intimate beauty, pride, dignity, courage, and grace that have been painfully challenged by mainstream society,” states the photographer – most noted for his book, ‘Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene‘. Gaskin adds, “All of this happens at night in small halls in cities all over the country. These photographs show us different views of these spaces as they are reflected in the eyes of house and ball members who perform what they wish these cities could be […] The balls are a celebration of black and Latino urban gay life. They were born in Harlem out of a need for black and Latino gays to have a safe space to express themselves.” Take a look at his captivating photographs below. Plus, see more of Gaskin’s work at the African American Museum Philadelphia (June 12 – August 16 2015).

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor


Pictured: Gerard Gaskin