This piece was selected as one of two UF entries for the 2017 Picture Story/Series Competition of the Hearst Journalism Awards.
A waiter at a barbecue joint by day.
A drag queen by night.
This is the story of Michael Koedam Jr., a 25-year-old from the small town of Williston with big (drag) dreams. Michael has performed under the stage name of Rachel Boheme for seven years. He sees drag as an art form that not only gives him a chance to channel a different personality, but to become a totally different person.
This is Rachel Boheme.
ONE-MINUTE MULTIMEDIA PIECE:
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I produced this photo-story over the course of one month. I spent multiple hours with Michael, making sure to photograph him in every kind of moment - from the ordinary to the extraordinary. The audio was created from a 45-minute interview I conducted with Michael.