Road Tripping to the Queer South / Hyperallergic

Spree in Tennessee from “South of the Ohio” photography project (all photographs courtesy of Christian Hendricks)

Spree in Tennessee from “South of the Ohio” photography project (all photographs courtesy of Christian Hendricks)

CHICAGO — A seven-week road trip isn’t something you just plan overnight. In fact, it’s a long-term project that takes significant strategizing and visits to couchsurfing.com. Once on the road, it becomes clear that not everyone has the stamina for that seemingly never-ending alone time, the ritual of tuning into local radio stations and trying to find stations that play more than just country. At the end of a long day, the yellow dashes on a road can easily start merging like a scene from Lost Highway. What’s a queer kid to do?

Documentary photographer and filmmaker Christian Hendricks decided to embark on this journey, and so he mapped out a route across the southern states for his appropriately titled project South of the Ohio. Beginning in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he recently attended Bowling Green State University, Hendricks drove down through Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi, interviewing and documenting queer culture and community along the way. When we spoke in late May, Hendricks was raising funds through his Kickstarter page; now, only a few months later, with a project completed and a book underway, we got back in touch and talked about South of the Ohio, which will be available as a self-published BLURB art book in late October.

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