by Tristan Rayner in New Photography on Tuesday 8 October 2013

The illusion and fantasy of drag is presented in this brilliant collection by New York-based photographer, Leland Bobbé, who has captured portraits of stunning drag queens in half drag for his ongoing project ‘Half-Drag…A Different Kind of Beauty’. These images are not digitally composed or altered, instead captured in a single photo by Bobbé. [Read an interview with the photographer Leland Bobbé]

UPDATE: Leland set aside time from his busy, busy schedule to fill us in on more details regarding this amazing series. Here’s an excerpt from the full interview.

Can you tell us the story behind how the ‘Half-Drag’ series got started?
Before I started my Half-Drag project I had shot a series of portraits of Neo-Burlesque performers. I saw a full body snapshot of one of the male performers on Facebook as half male and half female and asked him if he would come in and do a tighter studio portrait of this. I liked the result and put it on the back burner.

A few months later I was at a photo industry event where they had drag queens serving food. We exchanged contact info and a few months later I asked the queen to come in and do a tight beauty portrait as half male and half female to really accentuate the difference of the two sides. It was so successful that i decided to pursue the idea as a project.