Closet

'Closet' is the first part of a collaborative project between members of LGBTQ+ community and I and it aims to explore the way how wearing pieces of garments can express a concept, a feeling or it can reveal a faction of an individual's personality and it can help shaping an identity. The project focuses on a small group of people who are active members in the LGBTQ+ community in Birmingham, including myself, and it facilitates how we are represented through fashion to the society. The project explores idea of "coming out of the closet" and it takes this concept to a literal level.
The methodology approached in this project was a process and it involves using networking to invite people to participate. A session would start with a workshop where guidance about how to use a camera and a remote shutter release will be offered. Following this we will work together in order to find a good composition for the photographs. After this step I will ask my participants to take about 25 to 30 self-portraits with my assistance. The last step would be drawing a conclusion by interviewing the collaborator and signing the consent form.
The audience will consist of outsiders and insiders of the LGBTQ+ community and the final result will be a public offline and online document that can be easily accessed. The desired outcome is to empower and give voice to members of this community from Birmingham. The result of the project will be a zine that would encapsulate the body of work.