(From left to right) Dalia Black, Opulence Black, Victoria Elizabeth Black, and Waka.Shame of Black Haus eat lunch during RuPaul's DragCon LA at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on May 12, 2018. This three-day convention and festival, presented by RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions, returned for its fourth year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It is the world’s largest event celebrating drag culture. This year's DragCon featured over 90 drag performers-- the highest number that the convention has had in its four-year run.
Severina Pule poses for a portrait in her car in Haleiwa, HI after taking a hit of her electronic vape.
Tinna, 45 years old, poses for a portrait during the Original Gypsy Faire in Christchurch, New Zealand on May 7, 2016. Piece of advice? "Learn to embrace life, don't sweat the small stuff and don't be in a hurry." If it was her last day on earth, she would.. "Oh my god.. What would I do?! I think the 3 craziest things that I could do would be to run naked somewhere, eat a whole bag of lollies in one go and randomly go up and kiss a man."
Frances Nye (left) is carried by her SAGE care-taker, Alysha Dominguez (right). Nye, 21 years old, has been in a wheelchair since her youth. Dominguez has been teaching Nye how to live independently.
A student at the Christchurch Circus Centre shows off her trapeze skills in Christchurch, New Zealand on May 10, 2016.
MARIE ERIEL HOBRO IS A DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER AND FILMMAKER BASED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MARYLAND UNTIL THE AGE OF 10 AND SPENT THE REST OF HER PRE-TEEN AND TEENAGE YEARS IN HAWAI'I. SHE IS CURRENTLY STUDYING VISUAL JOURNALISM AT BROOKS INSTITUTE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND WAS A STUDENT PARTICIPANT IN THE EDDIE ADAMS XXIX WORKSHOP.
HOBRO ENJOYS WORKING ON STORIES THAT CELEBRATE AND EMBRACE INDIVIDUALITY, BREAK SOCIAL NORMS AND DEFY ODDS. SHE IS ALSO INTERESTED IN EXPLORING THE HEALING POWER OF HUMOR AND THE EFFECT THAT IT HAS ON MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH. WITH HER CAMERA AS HER TOOL, SHE HOPES TO GIVE A VOICE TO THE UNIQUE AND UNNOTICED PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD-- EMPOWERING THEM AND GIVING THEM THE POSITIVE RECOGNITION THAT THEY DESERVE.
"JOURNALISM IS FOR THE PEOPLE.
IT IS COMMUNITY-CENTRIC YET GLOBAL IN PERSPECTIVE.
IT IS TO INFORM AND ENLIGHTEN; TO EXPAND THE DIALOGUE;