ONGOING: SEEKING PARTICIPANTS
Dec 17, 2015 - Dec 30, 2015: Prague, Czech Republic
(see http://www.genderuniek.nl/home.html for information in Dutch)
If you are interested but live in an area to which I currently have no travel plans
(including international locations), please contact me regardless.
I will make sure to get in touch with you when and if I am in your area.
A Series of Questions explores the dynamics inherent in the questions asked of transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming individuals.
(Read the full Artist Statement here.)
© 2015 L. Weingarten ("LW")
Frequently Asked Questions
What is this exactly?
I am photographing people who have been on the receiving end of transphobic and gender-baiting questions. Participants are photographed holding a wooden sign (provided) of a question they've personally been asked.
How long will you be working on "A Series of Questions"?
This project has been underway since 2008. I will continue work on this project through at least 2018.
Where can I view more photographs online?Previously, select sample images have been available for view at JPG, see here.
Do you have prints for sale?
If you are interested in purchasing prints, please get in touch for pricing and availability. Feel free to contact me, even if just to ask a question. All print sales directly fund project-related costs.
Who can participate?
Anyone can participate who would self-define or describe themself as being of trans experience, having a trans history, and/or self-identifies as transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and/or gender variant or is regularly perceived as such (ie. experiences being a target of transphobic or gender-baiting questioning as part of their regularly lived experience).
Basically, I am interested in photographing people who have been or are on the receiving end of transphobic/gender-baiting questions in a way that places them at a power imbalance. If you want to participate, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Minors can participate but a legal guardian must sign the photo release form.)
Where have you traveled?
I’m not sure I’m _____ enough for this project. Can you tell me if I fit in with this project?
I am not interested in policing anyone’s experience. You are the best judge as to whether or not you fit the parameters of this project.
What will this be used for?
Images are used towards an artistic body of work that may be exhibited, published, and/or used in presentations. Images may appear on my photography website in the future. All participants are required to sign a photo release form.
What will I get in return?
Participants receive a jpeg file of their photo from the shoot, if they wish.
I'd like to participate, but I'm nervous about my name or other identifying information being used. How can you protect my identity?
Names/initials and other identifying information will not be used in association with the images, unless given express permission by the participant on the photo release form. I take protecting participants' private information extremely seriously. Photo release forms are kept confidential and are not shared with anyone. Faces will be visible in the images; if you have concerns about that, you may not want to participate.
A question I have been asked has already been used in another image. Can questions be repeated?
Yes, questions can be repeated. It does not matter how many times a question is used.
What if my question was asked in a language other than English?
Questions are written in the language in which they were asked and welcome non-English questions to be used. I do ask that you provide me with an English translation for my own organizational and titling purposes.
I'd like to participate. What next?
Send me an email at email@example.com. You can email me a little bit about yourself if you like. Come up with a list of some of the questions you've been asked that you feel were transphobic or gender-baiting. Provide context for the questions, if you like-- it's up to you how much you want to share. We'll email back and forth, and based off of other people I've photographed and what sorts of questions they've been asked, we'll decide which one to use for you.
Where do we meet, where can I be photographed, and when?
As this is highly individual, we'll discuss specifics in email. Generally, I prefer to meet in a public place and go from there. You are welcome to bring a friend along; whatever is most comfortable for you. My schedule is generally flexible, so we can work something out. I prefer to photograph in the morning or early to mid afternoon. An assistant may accompany me to the photoshoot.
What should I wear?
Whatever you like. I only ask that you refrain from wearing items with excessive logos or text (hats with text are okay though not preferred; t-shirts with text not so much), as that will distract from the text on the sign.
What do you use to photograph?
Daylight and a medium format camera (Hasselblad). I photograph using black and white film (Ilford HP5 Plus and Ilford Delta), and may sometimes use a digital camera (Canon) to do some quick tests for the light. The negatives are processed in a traditional black and white darkroom.
What's involved in making the signs?
The signs are made from planks of wood which are painted white with gesso. Lettering is measured and spaced out in pencil and then finished with Sharpie permanent marker. It takes 2-3 hours to letter each sign.
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