A photographer who has been immersed in Washington DC’s culture for over half a century, Leigh Mosley’s work captures moments that evoke wonder and feeling.
Recounting to me her shooting of Let’s Get this Rollin’, perhaps the most iconic photo in this bunch, featuring my Lorde and Saviour Aidrea Geraldine Lorde & Frances Clayton at the 1979 Gay March on Washington, Mosley portrays Lorde as “warm and gracious”. Quite frankly I wouldn’t expect anything less from a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” who dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and homophobia.
A year before this photo was taken, Mosley had the chance of spending time at Lorde’s Staten Island home, where she was able to photograph the poet and a couple of her friends, who “posed for every request [she] made”. From then on, Mosley began following Lorde “at every opportunity.” In this photo, Mosley was able to capture the moment when Audre Lorde is leading her partner Frances Clayton to a place where they would stand together behind a flag at the march. Knowing that this march happened on the 10-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, I am able to see and feel the proud conviction and excitement in the eyes of Lorde and the other black women in this photo.