Taken in New Delhi, India this work engages with individuals that consider themselves ‘hijra’ or ‘kinner’. Legally recognized as the ‘third gender’ the Hijra identity is complex and entwined; historical, sometimes spiritual and often ostracized. These images were captured in a environment that allowed me to gain the trust of the individual and give them the space to present themselves as they wished. Projects like this encourages a deeper understanding of each other, create bonds and friendships that aim to build a more unified world of respect.
This work is part of a continuing exploration of identity and beauty globally.
In addition to Beauty Papers, select images have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London (November 2019- March 2020) . An extended 32 page photography journal is available at select fine art book stores internationally including; Arcana Books LA, The Photographers Gallery London, Yvon Lambert Paris and SO Books Tokyo. Copies are available directly from the studio.