TRANS VISIBILITY PROJECT
ONE FREE PORTRAIT SESSION EACH MONTH FOR A TRANS OR NON-BINARY PERSON IN BRISTOL
WHAT IS THIS PROJECT ABOUT?
Bristol Trans Portraits is a free, community photo project which aims to increase the visibility of the transgender community in Bristol. I started this project because I believe visibility and representation put us in a better position to advocate for our rights, educate others and fight transphobia. With increasingly transphobic media rhetoric coming our way, and uncertainty over government policy and the GRA, we need visibility now more than ever.
As a portrait photographer, I believe it is my responsibility to create images which represent a diverse range of individuals and experiences. My industry plays a huge part the production and normalisation of very particular beauty standards - beauty standards which are usually based on the idea of being white, cis and skinny. I want to subvert this norm and flood instagram timelines with photos of gorgeous trans folx being their authentic selves.
WHO CAN TAKE PART?
The project is open to anyone in Bristol or the surrounding areas who identifies as trans or non-binary (along with those who are gender-non-conforming but would prefer not to label themselves!) I'd especially like to invite Black folx, Asian folx and any people of colour, along with sex workers, and anyone who is disabled to get in touch. The trans community isn't truly free until ALL members of our community are free. For this reason, while the project is open to anyone who is trans, I especially want to use it to promote the visibility of those within our community who face the most discrimination.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
If you're interested in having your photos taken for this project, all you need to do is fill in the form below. Once I've received your form, I'll get in touch about featuring you, and we'll organise a mutually convenient time and place for a photoshoot. There will also be another small questionnaire about your experiences of being trans to fill in before your session. I choose one person each month - on a first come, first served basis - to be featured. A number of your photos will then be posted on social media over the course of the month, accompanied by written text submitted by you. I'll also send you all the finished photos for you own personal use.
My portrait shoots usually take around an hour, though we'll also spend some time chatting, so we can get comfortable around each other and I can learn more about what kinds of photographs you want. Due to covid-19 restrictions the majority of these shoots will take place outdoors around Bristol, however if you're interested in something more specific, or have any safety concerns about having your photos taken in public, please let me know and we can come up with an alternative. To find out more about what my portrait sessions usually entail, click here for my portraiture FAQ.
The photos can be in the style of formal looking portraits and headshots, or it could be some cute photographs of you with a pet, or it could be something much more artistic feeling - or anything else you feel like! You're also very welcome to take part with another person or as part of a group, but due to covid-19 restrictions I'm currently limiting group sessions to members of the same household.
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Music, theatre, performance art, professional headshots, actor headshots, portraits and wedding photography in the South West including Bristol, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead, Wells, Glastonbury, Swindon, Newport, Cardiff.
Nicky Takes Photos is a non-judgmental and affordable photographer; a transgender photographer and a queer photographer, available for business portraits, professional portraits, headshots, and business photography with a creative natural approach.
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