Beautiful Freaks is a collection of close-up portraits from the East London trans-gender-scene in the mid-2000s. As a long-time resident of Dalston, I had a front-row seat to the blooming alternative drag scene. I was a fixture at the legendary club nights of the time and eventually organized with Per QX and Nic Fisher our own party, GutterSlut, to provide the perfect setting for open minds and deviant fashion statements.
The pictures I took during that period zoom in on the excitement and freakish glamour of a movement in full swing. For me, Beautiful Freaks feels like a photo album from a very pivotal time in my life and the glitter-smeared faces are all old friends of mine. My mission was to document this excessive little chapter in queer history with the flair and radiance that it deserved.