Puberty is a self-portrait project which looks at the intimate and vital process of self-care as a non-binary transgender person undergoing hormonal replacement therapy (HRT). Shot over a period of two years, it combines surreal colours and mundane environments to document daily moments and slow, subtle physical changes occurring during my transition. Looking at HRT as a process without a fixed end goal, Puberty challenges viewers to consider identity beyond binaries.
The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey Report found “startling disparities between transgender people [..] and the U.S. population when it comes to the most basic elements of life, such as finding a job, having a place to live, accessing medical care, and enjoying the support of family and community.” According to HRC, president Trump moved to undermine LGBTQ healthcare protections during the Covid-19 pandemic, effectively allowing doctors to refuse to treat trans patients. With our basic rights constantly threatened, creating work that both centres and celebrates a trans life is in itself a radical act.
Since January 2019, I have been documenting the changes testosterone generates in my body and moods through daily photographs. The resulting images are at once staged and candid, created by setting up a tripod in my home as I go about my routines. Set in highly-saturated domestic spaces, these photographs look at minute details of transition which are seldom represented. The images will be visible online for educational purposes, and a book of the project will be published through Yoffy Press.
Having dedicated my practice to documenting non-binary lives over the last 5 years, Puberty allows me to dig deeper into what it means to reclaim autonomy over our stories as marginalized individuals. In addition to this, I work with the hope of providing representation to and solidarity with future generations of queer and trans individuals as they navigate institutional hardship and erasure.