BEAUTIFUL ROOMS

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These photographs were taken inside the homes of people who identify as LGBTQ+ to tell individual stories of struggle, celebration and personal sense of identity.

The work looks at self expression of individuals within the safe space of their homes and explores issues of belonging and acceptance through themes of inside/outside.

This ongoing medium/long-term project celebrates freedom of sexuality, gender fluidity and queerness. All photographs will be hand printed in the dark room.

 

STEVE

 

Steve identifies as a gay man. He has used his home as a space to freely express all parts of his identity. These images also touch on his struggle with showing his full self outside and the constant shift back and forth when he leaves his home - and even inside when he teaches the piano to students from one of the rooms. Steve explained that he is always conscious about what things he has out ‘on show’.

Rainbow Mirror

Rainbow Mirror

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Steve has a 40-year-old collection of LGBTQ+ literature and memorabilia that he says is like a living archive; he has also created rooms in his flat called The Rainbow Room and The Gay/Queer Study to celebrate his personal sense of identity.

 
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The Gay/Queer Study

The Gay/Queer Study

The Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Room

 

JOHN (aka AUDREY) and KIRSTY

John and Kirsty are husband and wife. Their story centres on their partnership and support for each other’s individual identity. They met after ending previous long term relationships and have built their waterside home up from scratch.

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John identifies as a man with a real love for women's clothes after growing up at the time of old 50s and 60s movie star glamour; he now likes to dress up sometimes as Audrey who identifies as a Tea Girl. In the centre of their lounge there is an old china cabinet with a collection of shoes on display. Audrey also likes to host afternoon tea. John says he is unable to show this side of himself fully outside, adding: “Audrey has only been out of the house twice and is currently trying to learn how to walk in heels!”

 
Audrey

Audrey

Audrey’s favourite shoes

Audrey’s favourite shoes

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea