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Category: Portraiture

Gender Identity and Breaking and Dissolving Barriers

Posted in Documentary Photography, Gender Identity, Identity, Memories, Personal Work, Politics, and Portraiture

A few weeks ago I went to The First Daedalus Sharing where The Black Smock Band performed and Daedalus Theatre presented current works.

I met Alex Swift an actor who has been starting a new piece of work called Travesty. I was instantly struck by the piece as he was performing in drag and questioning gender constructs. The reason why this gripped me so much was for the last year and a half I have been shooting and thinking around a body of work on gender and identity. I met with Alex yesterday and hope to do a shoot with him and to tell his narrative for this piece. Not giving away too much right now but hope to share this in the coming months.

Fundamentally this work is about pushing past the demarcations and systems set up for us around our gender identity and as Alex put it yesterday, ‘dissolving those barriers’ to get people thinking and challenging their preconceptions. I am interested in discussions around these issues as this body of work will involve a person’s narrative, experiences and stories in text to go alongside the stills. I will be recording interviews as I hope to incorporate that element to produce a mutimedia piece. I am hoping to push at the boundaries/barriers and hope this work stimulates a lot of thought for those that see it.

I’m always looking for sitters who are interested in taking part in this project. Feel free to field some questions my way as it is constantly evolving and I know I have only partially explained it here – do get in touch!

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Posted in Brixton, Personal Work, Portraiture, and Street Photography

I’ve been away from London for a little while now and am missing the city like mad. Pining for the cut and thrust of London life spilling out onto the streets.  Yearning for the chaos, dirt and richness of cultures melding together in that wonderful city. It takes being forced to be away from a place to eventually discover that you love it. I miss London terribly and all it’s inhabitants known and unknown. I have actually found a spiritual home even with its many imperfections.

This reminded me to put up some London specific shots I did a few months ago, which can be seen here; they’re the black and white shots based on a few days walking around The Square Mile. I did an analogue photography and dark room course through Photofusion and got to use one of their 35mm Pentax cameras over the spring and summer before I left. There was something remarkable about how it influenced the way I composed and thought about my shot. I took my time and really watched people passing by on the streets and waited for that moment. I loved the slowing of my normal photographic process and valued the reflection and deliberation that I gave to each image. It was fantastic to see the image take shape in the chemical bath and to smell and experience the milieu of the busy dark room.

My project for this City and Guilds course was about a topic very close to my heart as a photographer; my relationship with my subject and my ability to build a rapport with them as a person. I photographed Paul who I met by chance near Spitalfields Market as he had a young kitten with him perched on his shoulder. I hope to put up the shots that I did with him once I have all the negatives scanned. I’m planning to document and shoot more work with Paul and catch up with him once I get back to London but watch out for this and more on this blog.

In the meantime, here is a street shot from Brixton, near where I used to live in deepest, darkest Saarf london.

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