There are few movies with the same enduring legacy as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Since the film came out in 1975, it has become both the longest-running theatrical release in the history of cinema, and more significantly, it has remained a cultural cornerstone for progressive politics and identities. This year, the film celebrated its 40th anniversary, and to this day people continue to bring the characters to life by recreating the costumes and set designs.
Lauren Everett is a Portland-based photographer who wanted to document the world of these dedicated fans. She started a project titled People Like Us, a series of portraits featuring cast members from around the United States in full costume. What makes these images unique is the fact that Everett has taken them out of the theater, portraying these playful and expressive characters in everyday environments. The result is an exploration of the way the movie’s themes of creativity and personal freedom translate into real-life functionality. In the following statement from the project’s website, Everett explains her perspectives on the film’s long-standing importance and relevance:
“It’s an environment where bold sexual innuendos and puns are used freely with an almost innocent humor. There’s a accepting ‘anything goes’ atmosphere, and a sense of being in a place where the rules of ‘out there’ don’t apply. For regulars and casual aficionados alike, Rocky Horror is a safe-haven where people of all persuasions can go to have a good time and be accepted as they are.” (Source)
Everett ran an Indiegogo campaign to put together a book of the portraits, which includes a preface by scholar Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock and short write-ups from the cast members. The book is available here, and you can see more previews after the jump.