On Fire Island, the sultry summer air infuses the atmosphere with passion and unrepressed desire, at once igniting comradery and carnality as bodies collide and meld together from The Pines to the Meat Rack. From leisurely beach outings to the unabashed hedonism of The Pines Party, photographer Alex Geana has captured the essence of Fire Island and its community in his seminal photographic series. For over four years, he has merged work and play in a bid to authentically document this historic enclave of queer culture.
A fashion photojournalist by trade, Geana deftly records both the elegance and decadence of The Pines with sophistication, representing its lifestyle, culture, and unapologetic panache. With global warming threatening the future of the island, Fire Island pays homage to its eponymous location as an ode to queer bliss and freedom, taking readers on a summer getaway to paradise from dusk till dawn.
About the Author/Contributor:
Alex Geana initially pursued a career in hospitality management before shifting his focus to creative endeavors. Starting out as a fashion photojournalist, Geana documented over 500 fashion shows while also applying his talents to food photography, advertorials, and marketing campaigns. Geana’s versatile portfolio boasts diverse clients, such as HBO, Food & Wine Network, Donna Karan, and Nylon Magazine. In 2015, he exhibited his first solo fine art show, Intended Consequences, at the Leslie-Lohman Project Space in SoHo.
Furthermore, Geana’s photography has been published in the book Daphne Guinness by the Yale University Press, and exhibited by the Leslie-Lohman Museum, the Museum at FIT, Chair and the Maiden Gallery, and the School of Visual Arts. In addition, he is the founder of AG/C, a full-service creative studio that provides visual solutions for online beauty and fashion brands. Raised in Southern California, he is currently based in downtown New York City, where he lives and works.
Gonzalo Casals is the Executive Director of The Leslie- Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City, the only dedicated art museum in the world to exhibit and preserve artwork that speaks about the LGBTQ experience. Casals was previously in charge of programming and community outreach for the Friends of the High Line for the High Line Park on former train tracks in Manhattan. Before that, he served as deputy executive director of El Museo del Barrio for seven years. He is based in New York City.