F*ck You Gender

As part of my ‘Life, Death and Everything In-Between‘ project, let’s talk Gender.

As a female with many years of corporate working experience, I’m well aware of the power of gender and the negative roles it plays in our societies and across many different cultures. I’m raising my children as feminists and encouraging them to explore their own gender & sexual curiosities and express the hell out of themselves should they so wish. We should all be able to live our lives as we choose, love who and how we like without judgement, dictatorship or exclusion from those less tolerant.

Gender isn’t just Girls & Boys or Blue & Pink. If you think it is, you need to catch up. Gender is a exquisite complex beast and my ‘F*ck You Gender’ project will see me photographing fellow humans and sharing with you a visual feast of images capturing gender identity & expressions, all with accompanying prose.

I’m so very lucky to know a plethora of people who rock their gender expression(s) and I want to photograph each and every one of you if you will allow me. I want to photograph people who smash gender stereotypes, roles and assumptions. I also want to meet people who play with gender presumptions too, some just for the hell of it. To those of you who have a story to tell, please make yourself known via email lesley@lesleyburdett.com or Facebook.

My photography is all about connection and I’m looking forward to meeting you. Don’t forget, I can shoot anonymously if you so wish.

I know many of you are clued up regarding gender but I also know a lot you aren’t so just in case you remain a tad confused, please meet the ‘Genderbread Person’. This is an info-graphic which covers all aspects of Gender from The Proud Trust. The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves and their communities.

Here’s a photographic teaser for you.

Please meet Alfie Ordinary. Alfie is a performance artist, the son of a Drag Queen and works/performs regularly in Brighton, around the UK and has taken his Brighton Fridge award winning show ‘Help I Think I Might be Fabulous‘ around the world. I’ve known Alfie for many years, he’s bloody hilarious and incredibly talented. This previously unpublished shoot from a couple of years ago which the dress designer and I heavily curated, saw Alfie without his customary wig and adorned in a Freya von Bulow Papercouture dress. I bloody love this image and I have it framed in my house.

I’m looking to photograph & interview lots of individuals so please don’t be shy about getting in touch. I want to photograph how you act, dress, behave and interact with the world as you normally or not so normally dress. Like I said before, I can shoot anonymously if you so wish.

I will be arranging some at home and studio sessions soon so please get in touch if you feel you’d like to contribute to this project which I will be aiming to exhibit at some point in the future.

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