At the Rendezvous bar in downtown Juneau, a few people are sipping drinks and early birds are trickling in.
The drag queens and kings aren’t set to take the stage for another hour and a half.
But backstage — a bar store room — it’s cramped.
Makeup palettes, shoes, clothes and mannequin heads with colorful wigs litter the tables.
Five queens and seven kings, each over-the-top representations from either side of the gender spectrum, do their makeup in front of mirrors. ... (Read more)
In October, I got the chance to go back stage and shoot some photos and interview some local drag performers for KTOO.
Behind the curtain at an Alaska drag show (KTOO, 10.8.16)
I hope to get another chance to shoot photos. And look forward to shooting more events in Juneau.
Tripp J Crouse (Ojibwe, descendent of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) has worked in print journalism and broadcasting for 15-plus years, and currently represents Alaska and serves as 2019 chair of the Station Advisory Committee for Native Public Media, a national organization that offers support services to Tribal and Native public radio stations. Tripp is also a member of the Native American Journalists Association and Alaska Press Club. Prior to working at 90.3 KNBA in Anchorage, Tripp worked at KTOO in Juneau and the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa.