These photographs were taken so that emphasis would be placed on the position of the viewer in relation to the subject depicted in the photograph. The subject, according to the viewer’s perspective, appears to be upside down. However, the photographs are not upside down – it is the perspective at which the pictures were taken that creates this deception. Here, a parallel is drawn between the image that is seen and the way that transgender people are currently perceived in society. The way that transgender people are ‘seen’ is only one of many possible viewpoints, and as such, should not be taken as a definitive interpretation of reality.
The use of fabrics and exotic backgrounds in these pictures was a way to realise the telling of a different story to the more usual representations of transgender people – a way of presenting transsexual embodiment as magnificent and desirable.
C-type colour photographs, 100cm x 125cm. 5 photographs in the series.