Jonathan Lewis

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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#Outcome – a visual expression of hope for LGBTs.

My project started it’s conception as a portrait project, visually demonstrating the varied life gay, lesbian, bi and trans people can lead. I drew upon my own experience of other people’s attitudes and existing stereotypes of what gay people are or should be like. I wanted to open their eyes to realise that there are LGBT people in all aspects of life, profession and ability.

The project developed some more, with the addition of each person holding their own childhood snap.  With this I realised the audience who would get most out of ‘Outcome’ had changed. It would now be most apt for young people developing an awareness of their sexuality and for those who were confused or afraid of the difficulties with ‘coming out.’ I could see that my project started to develop a sense of ‘hope’ and ‘journey’ into adulthood and being “out.”

Although I do not attempt to sugar-coat the coming out process or pretend it’s the easiest thing to do – instead, with my project I want to show there is a life on the other side – or a life outside of the closet!  More so, a life that is full of opportunities and freedom to live down the path you choose for yourself.

My personal story has helped shape this ideal. Although I have a loving family and circle of friends I allowed myself to hide away and not risk coming out or even admitting to it. New relationships helped force me to act however. I do not want other people to let their fear hold them back. It was not the easiest thing to have to say to people – and I still struggle saying “the G word” (gay) but I know wish I had came out sooner.