Self-portrait at Partners Café, January 2018
Daniel Eugene is a visual artist, poet, musician, performer and photographer from Bethany, Connecticut. Eugene concerns himself with creative expression as a catalyst for the evolution of human consciousness; exploring how the individual relates to our shared humanity and how this shared humanity exists in relationship to the greater reality of an infinite cosmos.
For the past several years, Daniel Eugene has focused on photographing two distinct cultures—drag performance and grassroots stock car racing. As a youth, Eugene raced quarter midget race cars competitively and has been a lifelong spectator at local tracks, including Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. In 2015, Eugene began pursuing documentary photography as a serious creative endeavor and this transformed his experience at the racetrack.
In 2016 Eugene started frequenting drag performances in New Haven, Connecticut, particularly New Haven's premier gay nightclub Partners Café. As Eugene deepened his relationships in both communities he began to see a remarkable connection; rebellion, flamboyance, freedom, and pride were all common themes connecting the two seemingly disparate worlds.
Eugene began his own drag performance career as Sorcia Warhol, further
deepening his relationship to the art form and expanding his role as
documentarian to include candid and intimate moments behind the scenes.
In 2020 Eugene co-founded the Region 1 Quarter Midget Alumni Association, a non-profit dedicated to the legacy and growth of Silver City Quarter Midget Race Club in Meriden, CT, where he raced from 1992–2000 and will be racing again summer of 2021.
Photo-books designed and published by Daniel Eugene:
NHVdrag: Volume 1, Partners Café, 2017
New Haven Photographs: A Future History, 2018