Posts tagged Gender
Period Piece: Another collaboration with Lily

As part of the system that gives us LIFE, about half of our population goes through a monthly period of pain and bleeding, and we tell them to… push it away, out of sight, out of mind? How does that make sense? Shouldn’t we instead give them our love and support? To address the absolute absurdity of this taboo, I collaborated again with the beautiful Lily and together we created a series of in-your-face photos, aimed at confronting the viewer with reality, and then ask that same question again - why is this wrong?

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Out of ideas? Copy others!

Every creative goes through them - creative blocks. Times where we want to create new work, but have no idea what that new work should actually look like. Then, the harder we try to force ourselves to come up with new ideas, the less inspired we become, which can leave us feeling frustrated and defeated. Sometimes, it can even make us put our camera (or other creative tool of choice) down for a while. We blame ourselves, and start doubting our abilities. This is such a shame! Insecurities and creative blocks are a necessary part of the creative process - for me, facing and breaking through them has in the past led to some of my best work. Over the years, I’ve acquired a few personal ways of doing this facing and breaking, and one of them is by copying others. Obviously, I’m not talking about blatantly copying the exact work of someone else and presenting it as your own -that would be theft-, but rather using the ideas of others to draw inspiration from for new work. Personally, I’ve used this a few times in the past half year, and I’ll go over some examples in this post.

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What 'Real' Men Cry Like

“Be a man!" / "Pussy!" / "Faggot!" — Why do we respond to men showing emotion the way we do? Why do we feel the need to dismiss boys’ and men’s emotions? What is so wrong, so taboo?

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What 'Real' Women Laugh Like

Duckfaces? Meh. High camera angels to hide those chins? Overdone. Emotionless expressions? Boring. Show me that big, beautiful, boisterous laugh of yours, woman! Let your happiness take up space - let it light up the world.

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