Yesterday I sat in class all day learning about fundraising and writing my artist statement. I nearly didn’t go because writing about my work scares me! Honestly I stood by the front door debating it. I had to submit a draft artist statement in advance - so I sent the press release that journalist Dominic Walsh wrote. It turned out that the teacher wanted my own version eck!
To help Laura Robertson set us lots of 5 minute exercises and they were fun, a riot of imaginative writing and nobody to point out the errors in structure, spelling and grammar. I was free to write erotica, longings from the heart, critique a photo, it was so creative and suited me to play with words as I play with images.
Well the big news was that I actually wrote an artist statement all by myself and then decided to read it out loud. I’m not ready to share it yet with you, but I had expected to freeze rather than write. I think Laura tricked me by making it risk free to be honest.
In the afternoon we had more fundraising training. All art is made for free. If you need to pay the mortgage and put food on the table, pay for the exhibition or book you have to hold the digital equivalent of a jumble sale. So Monika Neall - the super woman of bid writing came to drill us. She is an Impact Consultant and was very keen to tell us which pitfalls to avoid. If I do my book of Trans Portraits how can I measure the change the book will create? If I don’t do the book, what does the world loose? Really big questions and a new way to start thinking about my bid.
We would loose a document of trans people in Britain
If 48% of trans people commit suicide we need a record of those who live and build meaningful lives as nurses, doctors, accountants, the stay at home Dad, the man who runs a charity for the homeless, the scientist who is saving lives, the war veteran.
Yet by 5pm I was worried. You see I cannot think of a way, as yet, to be paid to work on this project. So it’s back to squeezing it into my spare time or pushing it to the back of the queue so I can focus on earning the minimum wage. Despite Redeye- The Photography Network offering first rate training, I am still searching for solutions.
If you can help do get in touch!
We need your support to produce a photography book of transgender people.
Last summer the highly successful photographic art exhibition, “YOU BROUGHT YOUR OWN LIGHT” shone some much needed visibility onto transgender people depicting twelve trans women and their stories in Manchester Library for a whole nine weeks. It is the only documentation of the trans community of its kind and was sponsored by Sparkle- The National Transgender Charity.
I want to develop this project and continue to promote acceptance. There is so much hate for trans gender people today that I passionately want to challenge it by photographing at least 20 more trans people for a photography book I am working on. The money you raise allows me to travel, shoot and edit so that I can focus on this valuable book and pull the first edition together. All of the money donated will be used efficiently and with your help I can break stereotypes and explore more truthful representations of diversity.
Your support means the world to me, I know I’m a talented artist who has hung in The Getty Gallery London and published in America but without financial backing projects like this do not happen. Trans people have a suicide rate of about 48%, life before and after transition is unjust. One of these trans women said,
“Consider that it is a beautiful body of work that you have created. You’ve achieved so much and you should be proud. The portraits will continue to inspire people, and you will continue to have a positive impact on vulnerable people’s lives.”
With your support I can change the world; one photo at a time.
GOFUNDME.COMClick here to support You Brought Your Own Light organised by Allie CreweLast summer the photographic art exhibition, “You Brought Your Own Light” shone a much needed visibility onto transgender people depicting twelve trans women and their stories in Manchester Library for nine weeks. There is so much hate for trans gender people at the moment that I passionately wan…
It feels like spring this week doesn’t it? Working from home can offer flexible days and I like to pause and walk the dogs in daylight. For the last few days I have had sunshine and a touch of warmth. I think the ground smells different too. I used to be very connected to this before my horse died 16 months ago. Winter can be harsh on a stable yard and when spring wakens the horse get a touch of joy that we call spring fever! They know new grass (life, food) is growing and we kind of loose touch with that in our centrally heated offices and homes. Of course we don’t depend upon the seasons to bring food- we ship it from all over the globe all year.
I love the summer and heat. I like to work with the studio door open to the garden, winter is so not my season! November to February I can only do natural family shoots at the weekends and even then I can struggle to find the light I want. Life as a photographer involves much obsession about light - I even named a project “You Brought Your Own Light”!
I have just started to book family shoots after school and I will even be able to use the golden hour by April - a special light that happens each day if we have little cloud. So I will be shooting ordinary family life stories about playing out, dressing up, snacks and dinner and bath time. Except it is not ordinary really is it? We rarely stop to appreciate those everyday moments. My daughter is preparing to leave this year as a new life at University beckons - I wish I had more dreamy photos of life when she was still in primary school but I was too busy cooking, washing up and too tired at the end of the day. I don’t have photos of story time, dressing up or of her sleeping.
I have a lot to process this year don’t I?