#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.

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Project Brief

#Outcome

The concept of #Outcome is to show that LGBT people can grow up, come out & still be the same person they’ve always been and that they can still be what they’ve always wanted to be! There’s a rich and varied life out there for LGBT people, they just have to make their own way in the world like everyone else! #Outcome is a great way of showing that there’s a myriad of opportunities out there for everyone – so dare to dream big!

#Outcome will include photographs of people from the LGBT community which incorporates an aspect of their daily lives – this could be anything from what they do for a living (such as a police officer in their uniform) to something they simply enjoy doing (like a dancer in a pose). Further to this, and indeed what I consider to be the corner stone of #Outcome, each model will be holding a photograph of their younger selves to help illustrate their journey from the child they were to the adult they’ve become.

I think the title ‘#Outcome’ represents the concept perfectly!

I would also like to take this opportunity to stress that I’m not attempting to sugar-coat the coming out process – which I know can be unnecessarily rough or mercifully smooth (like my own)! Instead I want to give people a sense of hope that, although times may seem hard & you may feel isolated, there are countless people in the LGBT community that have stood where you’re standing and are here to show that there’s a future out there for the taking!

Once I have a large enough portfolio of #Outcome portraits I will hold an exhibition of the work to celebrate the diversity of the models and to spread the message into the wider public consciousness – I want #Outcome to be synonymous with, and compliment, other LGBT projects such as ‘It Gets Better’ and Stonewall’s ‘Education for All.’

 

If you would like to model for #Outcome then please get in touch – everyone is welcome. However, I will need a digital or scanned copy of your childhood photo prior to the shoot. The photo should clearly show your younger self &, ideally, you should be the only one in the photo.

 

@TomDingleyPhoto

First Outcome shoot

The first shoot, or test-shoot, for my Outcome project was with Gregory Gaige. After a lot of photos and editing, I chose a specific look for the portraits. Recognisable as part of my project.

From a large portfolio taken of Gregory, I edited a few and chose a final photograph. Now to add to the Outcome album…

IMG_4724 with lrg

Project Brief

The concept of #Outcome is to show that LGBT people can grow up, come out & still be the same person they’ve always been and that they can still be what they’ve always wanted to be! There’s a rich and varied life out there for LGBT people, they just have to make their own way in the world like everyone else! #Outcome is a great way of showing that there’s a myriad of opportunities out there for everyone – so dare to dream big! #Outcome will include photographs of people from the LGBT community which incorporates an aspect of their daily lives – this could be anything from what they do for a living (such as a police officer in their uniform) to something they simply enjoy doing (like a dancer in a pose). Further to this, and indeed what I consider to be the corner stone of #Outcome, each model will be holding a photograph of their younger selves to help illustrate their journey from the child they were to the adult they’ve become. I think the title ‘#Outcome’ represents the concept perfectly! I would also like to take this opportunity to stress that I’m not attempting to sugar-coat the coming out process – which I know can be unnecessarily rough or mercifully smooth (like my own)! Instead I want to give people a sense of hope that, although times may seem hard & you may feel isolated, there are countless people in the LGBT community that have stood where you’re standing and are here to show that there’s a future out there for the taking! Once I have a large enough portfolio of #Outcome portraits I will hold an exhibition of the work to celebrate the diversity of the models and to spread the message into the wider public consciousness – I want #Outcome to be synonymous with, and compliment, other LGBT projects such as ‘It Gets Better’ and Stonewall’s ‘Education for All.’ If you would like to model for #Outcome then please get in touch – everyone is welcome. However, I will need a digital or scanned copy of your childhood photo prior to the shoot. The photo should clearly show your younger self &, ideally, you should be the only one in the photo.