Book publisher Damiani has released Luke Gilford’s latest photobook titled National Anthem: America’s Queer Rodeo. Telling the story of the queer side of the rodeo culture, the book documents Gilfrod’s personal quest to provide necessary space for the largely unrepresented and oftentimes ill-treated subculture.
Growing up in a small mountain town in Colorado, Gilford attended lots of rodeo events with his father and formed his earliest memories by observing these incredibly visual landscapes filled with beautiful nature and fascinating people. The narrative about queer rodeo started when the photographer combined the cherished moments of rodeo attending and admiration with its people with his inherent inspiration from the queer community and its need for survival. He began filling up his prolific and highly-recognized portfolio, trying to shed light on the queer subculture of the American rodeo that co-exists underneath, pointing to the multiplicity of identities that intersect there. Its people are strong, beautiful, and inspirational, captured in serious yet tender portraits against pastel-colored landscapes. The result is this wonderful photo book, a reminder that involves inspiration to expand and disrupt these binaries and conservative viewpoints.
Take a look at some of the photos from National Anthem: America’s Queer Rodeo below and visit Damiani to purchase the book that retails for £50