PIETER HUGO X HOOD BY AIR (2016)
For this series – a collaboration with NYC clothing label Hood By Air and stylist Carlos Nazario – I traveled to Jamaica in early 2016 to shoot a series of provocative portraits featuring male porn stars and Gully Queens wearing select pieces from the brand’s archive. A community of gay and transgender youth living in Kingston, Jamaica, the Gully Queens have been violently forced from their homes and left with no other recourse but to seek refuge in a storm drain, or “gully,” beneath the city. Yet, despite such dire circumstances, this underground world is a sanctuary where individuals unwilling to compromise their identity can go to find shelter, the embrace of commonality, and the freedom to live differently.
This has been developed into a capsule collection called “Galvanize Jamaica”. Available to purchase from Hood By Air’s website, the collection features seven oversized tees printed with pictures from the book.