metamorphosis: rituals of gender & being

“To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet” – T.S. Eliot, Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

There are all kinds of heroes in the world, because there are all kinds of bravery happening every single day, sometimes, perhaps all the time, in ways we can’t imagine or don’t notice. Carla De Bouchet is one of these heroes. 

Most female impersonators, in fact most people, will only allow themselves to be photographed once the make-up has been applied and the ‘finished product’, as they want themselves to be seen, has been completed. Because perhaps we are all impersonating the female or the male; unsure of what it is exactly, but always reaching towards some agreed upon definition of what it means to be a ‘man’, a ‘woman’. But Carla was brave enough to allow me to make images of her in the ritualised process of shedding one gender for another, allowing me to ‘capture’ that space in between, where gender, identity and being are fluid and uncapturable, sublime.

The bravery of growing her beard for the first time in her life and growing and wearing it for a month just for this photoshoot is just one of many braveries that I celebrate her for. Thank you, Carla. Together we made Beauty.

This project is still in process and Carla will be writing about her experience.

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