Client: POWERHOUSE BOOKS

Project: CRUISING

Year: 2012

Role: BOOK DESIGN

“Cruising” has always been a part of gay culture; the word itself is a code, innocuous to outsiders, but representing an incognito hunt for sexual partners to those in the know. Over the years, men with particular desires found spaces—certain parks, public restrooms, and roadside wooded groves—out of sight and yet in plain view, where they could meet, and with the use of silent signals and cues, pair off for intimate encounters. It is these spots, nationwide, and the men making use of them, that Chad States photographs in Cruising.

With an oblique focus on hidden clearings, forest-lined parking lots, and the well-trodden paths where these encounters occur, States gradually began to include the men far off in the distance within his lush, dense landscapes. These are the beautiful and surreal spaces where forbidden fantasies come to life. From the Pacific Northwest back east to Pennsylvania and New York, States obscures his subjects in the foliage of the woods and blends the various locations into one sensuous visual representation of this necessary, yet transgressive act. Cruising exposes this time-honored, gay tradition, dragging it out of the woods and into the light of the public eye.

100 Pages by Chad States. Hardcover, 12.25 x 9.75. With text by Gordon Grent Ingram, Ph.D., and Alec Soth. Purchase a copy here.

crusing_JG_1
crusing_JG_5
crusing_JG_3
crusing_JG_4
crusing_JG_2
crusing_JG_6