|As a Fulbright grantee in San Francisco, I wanted to carry forward
the idea of family portraits in such a diverse and liberal city and
express the freedom and beauty that I experienced in California.
Since working on my book Princesses and Football Stars, I have
become very interested in the subject of family portraits.
I decided to take images of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender] families and couples, as an investigation on the shift
in understanding family life.
The ease of how people with varied sexual orientation, cultures,
and religions live together in San Francisco is amazingly
enlightening. Thus, this project is both a declaration of love to this
wonderful city and also an encounter with people, their concepts
of life, and their dreams.
The title of this project, International Orange, the color of the
Golden Gate Bridge, is at the same time a reference to San
Francisco, the rainbow flag of the gay movement, and an
international signifier of freedom.