“I’m pretty shy,” photographer Dave McMahon tells Queerty, “so I started by shooting friends and LGBTQ spaces where I felt safe to take pictures.”
“Drag was a big area of interest for me,” he continues. “I was drawn to the strength and power of queer expressions. Ultimately, my goal is to show a spectrum of identities and spaces that reflect the reality of diversity in the world we live in.”
McMahon has been taking photos now for about 11 years, and has accumulated nearly 20,000 followers on Instagram. Much of his work highlights queer nightlife.
“I think that there is a long history of queer spaces being safe spaces,” he explains. “I went through some pretty rough times in the span of a couple years, dealing with a couple family deaths, a friend’s suicide, surviving abuse, and dealing with depression all the while trying to tell myself that gay was OK. I found a sort of sanctuary in queer nightlife.”
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