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.
Cherry Potts contacted me after seeing my advert on the Arts Jobs listings page – which has turned out to be a great advert as I’ve had alot of interest from it.
Inspired by fairy tales, Cherry is a published author & editor at Arachne Press, the latest book is ‘Weird Lies.’
For the portrait Cherry brought along with her some of her works to hold. Who knew there were so many ways to hold a book. It wasn’t until near the end of the shoot I told Cherry to relax as we talked, so she put the pile of books into the most comfortable position, and I got the shot.
I really enjoyed meeting Ross and photographing him for the project. As a trained & professional dancer, I was keen to photograph Ross in some recognisable dance poses – hearing he studied ballet too I got him to dust off the shoes and dance tights for the shoot! My lack of technical terms came into play but Ross taught me a thing or two about dance positions.
I love his childhood photo too – almost looks like he wanted to be a dancer from an early age with that arm extension!
After seeing my tweets about the project, Alistair got in touch. Actor, model and dancer Alistair Frederick, was no stranger to the camera – after a coffee and chat about the project, work, theatre, travelling and even killer whales; we got to get some great shots!
The portrait I chose reflects Alistair’s personality & positive vibes.