Back in 2017 I applied through Bournemouth Council in an open call to be the photographer for an exhibition that would represent the LGBT+ Community in Bournemouth. This was to be part of a celebration of the 50 year anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality and would be held at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum along Bournemouth sea front. I put forward my ideas and much to my surprise, I was awarded the commission! Throughout this process I met up with many groups associated with the community and made some great new friends along the way. The final selection was centred around Bourne Free - Bournemouth's Pride Festival which is held annually in the town and a support group called Communi-T; who are a social group for trans people and welcoming anyone who is on the trans spectrum oh and not forgetting the fine work from the people over at Over The Rainbow too! My experiences throughout the shoot were eye opening and I enjoyed every moment of the entire process. We had an opening night at the gallery to launch the exhibition which was incredible, then the following day it opened up to the general public.
This has to be one of my proudest moments in my photography career, being able to represent the LGBT+ community of my home town.
I felt like with it being Transgender Awareness Week, it was a fitting time to look back at this incredible experience.
Here is the final selection of images published.