"Transportraits" is a series of 20 x 24 inch portraits of transgendered men, photographed against an oil-painted backdrops that I create using the landscape painting instructions from Bob Ross', The Joy of Painting. Photographers are thought of as capturing a replica of the original subject, as well as its essence. I would like to confront this idea by drawing a comparison between photographic portraiture and the perception of gender as an unchanging truth. A gender on a body, an image on paper, oil on canvas. Representing a male, representing a portrait, representing a painting.
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