Not a ‘girly girl’, my ongoing work with Bea Wood, is featured as an essay over on Photomonitor.
Thank you to Christiane Monarchi for promoting and supporting this work.

 

Extract:
Read in full over on Photomonitor.

This project is about Bea, who is constantly ‘having’ to define herself against other people’s expectations of a model, a pageant queen, a transwoman, and a woman full stop.

Bea won Miss Transgender UK 2017/18, which was when our collaboration started. She told me that a week after the pageant she wanted to “fly”, i.e. to die. “It looked like I was on a high, but I was very much on the edge. At the end of it all I was still sat on my own at night, back in Scunthorpe.”

Many people, whether close family or strangers, think they know something about Bea, presume what she’s like, and have a view on how she should live her life. The original idea was to share Bea’s personal experiences, taking a documentary approach, to challenge stereotypes and tell her story from her point of view. As our collaboration developed, the project started to include some more ‘conceptual’ shots – for example Bea posing in a ballgown with a gun. The photo is her statement as to who she is, her different dimensions, and an “F you” to people who think she should conform in any way.