James Robinson

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For my interpretation of equality, I decided to photograph three friends who are either queer or trans and also people of colour. Being a queer person of colour myself, I often find that queer spaces are not inclusive of POC, while non-whitespaces just as equally lean towards heteronormativity.

For me, as a photographer in an industry which tends to glorify the faces of cisgendered, white models, I decided to flip the switch and instead empower queer/trans people of colour – an intersectional approach to casting that champions the faces of non-white models, while at the same time recognizing the complexity that comes with being queer and not fitting into preconceived gender binaries.

Equality does not exist in absolutes – fighting against racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, misogyny doesn’t exist independently anymore.