By Luca Mochi
Meet the premiere LGBTQ+ portrait and event photography of Nick & Rich, also known as Studio 5 Baltimore. Photographers Nick Rüdolf and Rich Wayne started their Station North photography studio (Studio 5 Baltimore) in March of 2018 and have been creating an artistic space for the queer community ever since. Nick got his degree in photography from MICA and Rich got his from UBMC, they had been practicing photography independently until they met and discovered they had similar interests. They have amazing chemistry as a photography couple, and make everyone feel at home in their studio which is located in Graffiti Warehouse right next to the GBCA’s home at the Motor House!
Kotic Couture Photographed by Studio 5 Baltimore
When asked why their photography heavily involves the LGBTQ+ community, they said it all started at a drag event called “Goth Brunch” which opened them up to supporting drag queens, queer entertainers, and everybody in-between. Nick and Rich added that they have always looked to help their subjects express themselves in front of the camera, and drag queens specifically are always in need of professional photos for promotional and personal needs. When asked about the goals of Studio 5, Nick and Rich replied that they want to “bring art to more people, so they can see what drag is all about” and they are doing just that.
Miss Whimsy Thrift (Left) and Karli Marx (Right) Photographed by Studio 5 Baltimore
Having a photography studio here in Baltimore that does so much for the queer community is so important for the art and culture of the city because it allows for professional representation of queer performance art. Their station North location is convenient for many of their clients because it is so close to many queer-friendly venues such as the Baltimore Eagle, Metro Galery, The Crown, Rituals (formerly the Windup Space), and Motor House to name a few. Nick described the arts district as the “Bohemia” of Baltimore (the place where arts thrive).
Evon Dior Michelle Photographed by Studio 5 Baltimore
We can expect to see some great things coming out of Studio 5 especially with June being pride month. They are teaming up with Jordi Equitable on June 26 for “Redefining Masculinity - Genderqueer Fashion Art Show” a fashion show that challenges the concept of gendered fashion and demonstrates genderqueer fashion art. For more information on this event, or to buy tickets visit their site.
To see the more work from Nick and Rich, visit the links below!
Studio 5 Baltimore Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/studio5baltimore/