In a new series of film and digital photography, Hudson Bohr ’18 documents his own life and those of close queer friends between Williamstown and New York.
Bohr grew up with his father in rural Tiros, Brazil. He knew from a young age that he was gay, “but in deeply Catholic Brazil where queerness was shunned, he also knew that he’d have to keep that recognition of who he was buried within himself,” writes Ade J. Omotosho in the exhibition catalog for “Hudson Bohr: Photographs.”
At the age of 15, speaking no English, Bohr immigrated to New Jersey to live with his mother. He took up photography his sophomore year at Williams, where he is a studio art and economics major. A move to New York City in 2016 only deepened his connection to photography and to the queer community.
In his work—which was displayed in a residential hallway and gallery space at Cable Mills apartments in Williamstown—“Bohr shares a record of people coming together with their difference and threading a community together out of that difference,” according to a notice about the exhibition. The photo collection “then considers the obscured (at times repressed) social activity in friends’ personal spaces and celebrates their residents’ identities and personalities.”
In an essay for the exhibition catalog, curator Alex Jen ’19 writes that Bohr’s photographs “linger like stray glances and anxious flirtations, waiting to be noticed. They remind me of tugging at your shirt in a too-hot, too-crowded apartment party, sticking it out and waiting for that one person who might not even show up.”
Top: Curator Alex Jen ’19 (left) and photographer Hudson Bohr ’18 at the opening of “Hudson Bohr: Photographs” at Cable Mills Apartments in Williamstown. Photograph by Daniel Goudrouffe