I have totally not been blogging, and I really need to get in the habit. I have been really moving forward in my career, and things with my photography – both for my business and personal work – are taking off like crazy. I’m so excited to see what this year will bring… this is the most centered and excited and focused I’ve ever felt regarding my photography.
I’m excited to share that I’ve been selected to shoot an exhibit for ArtRage Gallery here in Syracuse. The exhibit is going to be all about trans identities, and will be called “Transcending Gender: Remembering and Celebrating Trans Lives.” Myself and another artist out of Indiana will be showing our work. I will be exhibiting a series of environmental portraits of trans people, as well as a short film I am making in California right now about my friend’s surgery experience. It may turn into a larger project, but for right now, it will be a little vignette of his experience, because this is something that is very monumental for him personally. Not all trans people have surgery, and so I don’t want this to be focused on the surgery itself, but I do want to make a short film about it because it is so important to his own story. It may turn into a larger project, because I may end up finding other trans narratives and making them all into one larger film. We will see.
As for the photographic series, I am making environmental portraits of trans people that tell a story of who they are. Not as a trans person, but as a person. I feel like the trans community is often discussed in the context of oppression, violence, marginalization, oddity, freakishness, or victimization – and I almost never hear people talking about who we really are and what we bring to the table. We are parents, doctors, attorneys, students, sisters, brothers, children, friends, musicians, artists… we are so many things besides just trans*, and I really want to celebrate that. The photographs are black and white, and will be shot in each person’s “element.” So far, I have photographed a parent, a college professor, and a musician. I am very excited to continue working on this series.
I will keep you all posted as things progress! I will be excited to announce the opening date when I know more.