Photographer and creative powerhouse Alien
has always been inspired by people, their peculiarities, and the subcultures they create. They unpick “the niches within the niche” of these subcultures, exploring how different communities influence each other’s evolutions and mutations. In their new photobook Bodybuilders
, Alien highlights the United Kingdom’s drag and club scene, featuring thirty artists who are not just pushing the boundaries of gender and queerness, but the boundaries of the human form itself. They talk to us about the construction of the book and its bodies, as well as how to access authenticity through artificiality. Fascinated by subcultures and those who define them, Alien invites us down the rabbit hole into a world of extravaganza.