Brilliant essay, I feel my final piece really relates too. Highlighted below.
There are so many interesting points, but one that I would like to highlight is the idea that by creating this relationship between the gaze of the subject viewer and the camera – there is no peeping, which cuts off the idea of voyeurism associated with posing. This then starts to become a conscious, aware portrait one by which –
“I see you, seeing me, so you cannot steal this look”.
This is significant in regards to gender, there is a long standing culture of objectifying and fetishising bodies and thus people – that they no longer belong to themselves but the surveyor. I hope my moving portrait breaks this norm much in the same way Djikstras work has successfully done so. Thus bringing awareness and acceptance surrounding issues of trans people and being an empowering peace as well.
“If I can’t conceal myself, how can you be sure that you are able to, either?”