You can thank Elegy for this post. She just turned me on to this blog called, Butch Sightings:A Social Interaction. And it’s effing brilliant. Why didn’t I think of this!!!??? Basically, the blogger is a lipstick femme, married to a butch and she goes around taking photos of butches she comes across on the street!!!! Again: BRILLIANT.
In her own words, here is how she describes it:
How does the project work?
Using my iPhone and natural chutzpah, I approach people I think may be butch and ask them if they are, and if I can take their photo and post it.
A simple act of subversive risk and connection – in which my perception as the viewer is pervasive and motivating, and yet is possibly inaccurate. I put myself into the photos by acknowledging my ever-present and biased point-of-view. To pretend to be objective would do a disservice to my work and to the people I meet during the project.
I’m interested in not only the documented image, but also the uncomfortable, sometimes satisfying, sometimes awkward, almost always risky interaction in which I don’t pretend not to see, don’t act “polite” by not saying anything and don’t know what will happen. There’s exquisite possibility in the approach across an unknown chasm and I find butches exquisitely beautiful.
I’ll use the pronoun “she” to refer to the butches I photograph unless they tell me they prefer something else.
I am now pretty obsessed with her site. I think she’s mostly in the Bay area though. Maybe I could be her LA correspondent? 😉
No, seriously. I’ve thought for a long time about asking, not just the butches, but any obviously gay woman a little about herself. Like impromptu interviews on the street. But I’m a bit shy and more of an observer then a chatty Cathy.
But I think that her blog is a great idea. It’s nice to see a site that a) celebrates butches and b) gives other butches and maybe some baby butches, that live in less gay friendly areas around the country a chance to see that they’re not the only one. Even if they feel like it in Po-dunk America.
She’s inspired me. Maybe I’ll start taking pictures of the ‘random lesbian sightings’ that always make Remi and I say, in unison, sometimes very loudly and sometimes hushed, “LESBIANSSSSSSS!” 😉