"REFLECTIONS” is a New Orleans Queer portrait series by photographer, visual artist and Queer New Orleanian Melisa Cardona.
“REFLECTIONS” is a chapter of her larger collection of images called “Soul Reflections,” a series of outdoor portraits that looks at the water of South Louisiana, looking at the people, looking at the water. In “Soul Reflections” we see how obvious it is that we are interconnected, dependent, in awe, and humbled by the reflection of ourselves in each other and in this beautiful place.
Melisa Cardona is a first generation Latina-American. She grew up between Medellin, Colombia and Atlanta, GA. Her intercontinental upbringing nurtured her ability to see the multitude of stories within and between cultures; and the beauty of bringing those stories forth. Since 2006, she has done her “storytelling” in the city of New Orleans through her lens and live performance in collaboration with an incredible community of artists that she met through Alternate ROOTS: Mondo Bizarro, M.U.G.A.B.E.E., Rising Appalachia and ArtSpot Productions.
Special thank you to Jamie Merwin, Rachel Lee, and Rebecca Mwase.
Cherry (Turquoise dress)
Credit: Cherry Galette
Dress: Trashy Diva
Shoes: Thrift store (Detroit)
Earings: Thrift store (Detroit)
Heels: Thrift store, bedazzled by Cherry
Producers: Rebecca Mwase and Melisa Cardona
As Qwear's Founding Editor, Sonny’s work centers around envisioning a future in which the clothing people wear does not dictate their chances of survival. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. In March 2016, Sonny spoke at South by South West's first official queer fashion panel.