Double Denim Blues
Inspired by Hal Fischer’s book “Gay Semiotics”, DOUBLE DENIM BLUES is a moving image study of queer visual coding.
Specifically leaning into the stereotypical queer looks of pre 2000's. Focusing on queer signifiers such as a set of keys clipped to the jeans, leather lace up boots, a blue handkerchief peering out from the back left pocket etc. Individually these things don't read as "queer" but when you put them all together, it’s a visual language and a way to communicate.
I used some old lighting I had to create a kind of "nightclub atmosphere. I filmed in my cat enclosure to give the vibe of an outdoor smoking area of a club. To stabilise the camera, I employed an old council bin. i also used this to position the lighting. When I wasn't using the council bin to help film, I was using my own body. Even laying on the ground to get the specific shots I wanted. Every shot filmed was intentional. The only variable in the film was the pattern of the lighting. I utilised tilting, close ups and a LOT of zooming. The process behind that was to create a sense of disjointed viewing through