TRANSGENDER BEAUTIFUL presents an overview perspective on the transgender life experience of self-actualization beyond the perceivable constraints of the global community. The series begins with the transgender person emerging with their true identity, against a black background. The transgender person comes to terms with their true identity and is totally emerged in the world, as presented against a white background. Throughout this self-realization, there exists tentativeness, strength, society's own conflict with this person's emerged identity and, finally complete comfortability ("I AM-ness") within their own body and the world, whatever the world's reaction may be.
I chose to use a Holga camera because of its mysterious, elliptical element, and I wanted to convey this element along with the staggering beauty of the concept and subject. 'A photograph speaks without words, and a Holga picture can shake the soul.’
This was a solo photography show, that opened September 8th, 2016 at Soho Photo Gallery (sohophoto.com).
This show is 'a wrap' -and- ran through October 1, 2016.
All photographs were hand-printed by the artist.
[Transgender model & activist: Rebekah Katherine Brewis @kattsense]
All Images Jady Bates © 2017