Accomplished photographer Tom Atwood’s newest project, a book entitled Kings & Queens In Their Castles, delves into the private lives of many LGBT icons. The book was a labor of love and took the photographer 12 years to shoot, as he traveled all over the country to take pictures of George Takei, Barney Frank, John Waters, Carson Kressley, and many others.
“The primary responsibility I felt was to portray subjects as they truly are, how they really live… to capture moments that reflect their everyday lives,” Atwood told The Huffington Post. “A lot of LGBTQ photography depicts scantily-clothed young subjects and seems to emphasize nudity and sexuality. I wanted to offer a different perspective.”
“Many gay men and women have a flair for design and have crafted some of the most intriguing living spaces in this country, which appealed to me aesthetically,” he added. “For a community sometimes obsessed with image and beauty, our living spaces can also be the ultimate in self-expression… many of these subjects have crafted playful, often outlandish homes that tell stories about their inhabitants.”
Kings & Queens In Their Castles will be available for purchase on April 25th. As for the reason for choosing this title, Atwood says: “Many of the subjects are ‘kings or queens’ of their professions — leading actors, writers, designers, politicians or journalists.”