This month is Pride and there are photos worldwide showcasing lots of photographers’ personal response to the LGBTQ community. Everyone has a new perspective, different views and an outlook that differs from others – what’s important is that we understand every opinion has the same value and that no one is more important than anyone else. I have a few photographers that inspire me, not just in their photography and creativity but their personal lives and perception of the world.
Here’s a list of photographers to check out during this pride month:
Lia Clay is famous for focusing her photography on the queer community. As a queer trans woman, she believes it’s important to centre her work around the queer community to portray how the male gaze it not just the only gaze; her photography depicts how she and others like her look at the world. Her photography is about empowerment and equality and individuality. Clay claims that a trans person like herself capturing photos of other trans people is different to a cis person taking photos of trans people. This is because the lens is used to present different perspectives and opinions and a cis individual, while they sympathise and attempt to understand, can never feel what a trans person feels and therefore cannot convey that in their work. More than anything, Lia Clay hopes that her work inspires people struggling with their identity and helps them grow as individuals.
David Uzochukwu is a self-taught visual artist. He believes photography is too personal to be able to study and something that you just learn on your own. I agree with him given that photos express feelings and emotions that you sometimes cannot put into words and they tell a story. Photography is kind of like one thousand words in a picture sort of thing. Starting his career at such a young age, Uzochukwu centres his photography on growing up and focuses on identity and sexuality.
Ryan Duffin is a queer artist who enjoys referencing pop culture in his photographs. He likes to capture his surroundings in still images and accentuates the quirks of his models. He believes this encapsulates pop culture and makes his models look like pop stars. He explains that he does this because growing up queer was difficult for him and pop stars such as the Spice Girls provided the distraction and escape he needed. This is why in his photography, he tries to highlight as many of his models’ subtle differences and plays around with lighting a lot as he believes this makes them unique and places the spotlight on them.
Campbell Addy is a gay photographer and his work includes discovering the world around him. His photography deals with culture, identity and belonging as he claims that he is seen as African black in Britain and yet British in Ghana and therefore somewhat belongs in both places and also doesn’t. This is why he attempts to include different cultures into his photography given that he himself hopes to learn as well as educate others through his creative work. He also likes to represent black lives in his photography as he desires to further the sense of black identity in a way that the media does not show.