“I’m comfortable in the peripheral, inhabiting the space close enough for intimate imagery, yet distant enough to prioritize the success of the image over all. I listen but I hardly console. I’m hired to photograph people so brave in their existence, with my queer perspective, but I hardly allow myself to understand my own. And I lie about my identity when on assignments where it’s clear it’s unwelcome. When I return home, I photograph my friends and the landscapes with compulsion, grabbing onto every moment. My submission is an attempt to bridge this gap between my two modes of operating.” –Annie Flanagan