Eel Howell

The subject of this photo is one of my best friends. Eel is nonbinary and queer and has found solace in San Francisco’s queer community. For this portrait assignment, I wanted to document Eel on a night out and the expression of queerness and gender in a celebratory space. I wanted to capture feelings of intimacy, comfort, and inclusion.

Eel Howell plays pool at Pilsner Inn, a historic gay bar in San Francisco, California, Thursday, Jul. 15th, 2021. (J110/Sarah Eicher).
Eel Howell rests after a night out in Berkeley, California, Friday, Jul. 16th, 2021. (J110/Sarah Eicher).
Eel Howell takes in the queer nightlife in San Francisco, California, Thursday, Jul. 15th, 2021. (J110/Sarah Eicher).
Eel Howell takes a moment following a loss in a game of pool in San Francisco, California, Thursday, Jul. 15th, 2021. (J110/Sarah Eicher).