My Friend Dorothy


"The photography series, "mind(less)" was created using the intentional camera movement technique to capture abstract images of murals in my local community. The mural, "Rainbow Road" was of particular importance because it not only represented my local community as space, but also my local queer community. As someone who came to terms with my queerness in adulthood, being able to connect and learn about my new, found, family has become a core part of my identity. While acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community has broadened for some, past generations faced sweeping, very real societal and legal consequences for being out. During those years, members of the LGBT community sometimes resorted to coded speech or behavior as a safeguard. One such phrase was saying you were a "friend of Dorothy's" which is commonly believed to be a reference of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. To me, the mural harkens back to the yellow brick road, but instead of leading its travelers to a charlatan claiming to be a wizard, it hopes to lead community members to a place of open acceptance. The original mural, entitled "Rainbow Road" was created by Joey Salamon in 2019. See more of Joey's work by visiting:"

- Kae

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Artwork: Prayers Riding the Thermals by Cheryl Kinderknecht, Temple by Jeff Diener