Updated: Wednesday, 11th December 2019 @ 10:06pm

Pride portraits to portray the diversity of the LGBT community

Pride portraits to portray the diversity of the LGBT community

By James Briscoe, Arts & Culture Correspondent

Enigmatic Manchester-based photographers are creating a collaborative exhibition of portraits which explore ideas of identity and ask how relevant Pride is in 2011.

The exhibition at 4 Piccadilly Place, runs from August 19th – 25 2011 and is funded with a community grant from Manchester Pride.

The exhibit comprises Pride (Dis)guise by artist, educator and consultant, Jez Dolan, described as ‘incorporating and responding to people’s personal journeys in work which is one-off, specific and meaningful’ and photographer, artist and designer, Lee Baxter’s 21x21: Portraits & Perspectives project.

Lee’s 21x21 project will have 7 triple portraits, each in black and white.

Primarily, he wanted to make photographs of 21 individuals to tie in with Manchester Pride becoming 21 this year but decided it would complicate matters.

Jez told Mancunian Matters that he will be photographing all sorts of people in-keeping with the diverse culture of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.

In fact, all of the models he has photographed for the exhibition were self-selected. Models contacted Jez and then he discussed with them their ideas for the shoot.

Jez came up with the idea of questioning what people want/wanted to be when they are 21 as Manchester Pride is 21 this year. The idea of highlighting how different we all are seems a perfect tribute.

Lee is known for his landscape photography so he decided to take photographs of his muses in the outdoors, which is sure to give an interesting new perspective to the portrait medium. You can see a promotional image below which gives you an idea of what you might see.

And when Jez will be taking his photographs inside it will not just be in front of a white screen. “That would be too easy. Maybe I’ll do that next time!” he said.

Jez hopes the contrast between his indoor portraits and Baxter’s outdoor portraits will complement each other, a bit like their artistic personalities.

He said the project is about how we display our persona to other people: “From time to time we change our image.

“We change the way we project ourselves in front of different people, at work and in other places.”

Lee said: “I was inspired by the variety of colourful friends and acquaintances that I've been lucky enough to meet over the years here in Manchester.

“With it being 21 years of Manchester Pride, it seemed an auspicious anniversary in which to put this show together.”

He said it is not an exhaustive representation of the mixed bag of tribes that make up the LGQBT (lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual and transgender) scene in Manchester. It is more of a personal documentary of the characters/ friends whom he felt would work well in black and white images.

Lee will ask how relevant the idea of Pride is in 2011 and answers will take the form of a short film which will be shown at the exhibition.


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