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04/18/2012 11:26:50 AM · #1
I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions, applicable inspirations, or helpful resources that I can utilize for a summer photography project? My twin recently asked me if I'd be interested in doing a project pertaining to my twin's own trans* experiences. It's a bit of a personal topic for me, obviously, and it's difficult to remain objective as I try to determine how I would go about this. Any advice, resources, etc. would be greatly appreciated!

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04/18/2012 01:34:55 PM · #2
Trans what? Transport? Transit? Transverse? Transition?
04/18/2012 02:21:41 PM · #3
If you don't know, then I'm pretty sure you won't have much relevant advice. :)
04/18/2012 02:30:48 PM · #4
wow that is a tough subject
04/18/2012 03:17:16 PM · #5
Well, my first impression is that you are already ahead of the game, since you are *so* close to the subject. It seems to me that a project of this nature demands an incredibly high level of compassion and respect for the subject, and your closeness is a huge benefit in this regard.
That's a double-edged sword, though; remaining objective would be a tough hurdle. I'm not so sure, however, that complete objectivity is a necessity, or even desirable. I think that an emotional connection, which implies something less than complete objectivity, is highly desirable.
I wish that I was aware of resources I could point you at. I think that you potentially have a *very* powerful story to tell here, and although it will be a difficult project, you are to be commended for undertaking it.
04/19/2012 09:31:41 AM · #6
I seriously don't know what this is all about, but it seems serious and emotional.

The camera will come between you and your experience of the subject. For some it's a shield that protects them from the full impact of what they're experiencing. For others, it's a barrier that prevents them from fully connecting and/or helping their subject. Sometimes it can be both.
04/19/2012 04:15:46 PM · #7
I have been enlightened to the meaning of the term " Trans* ". I understand now and I did not mean to offend. My advice about the camera being a barrier and a shield stands. My best wishes to both you and your twin.
04/19/2012 05:05:58 PM · #8
It seems to me that the trans thing has been done a fair number of ways, as has the twin thing, but the overlap of the two is really interesting. There are lots of twin studies that look into gender identification, but I have never seen it approached photographically. The tough thing would be the networking and travel involved in doing an essay unless you live near a major urban center.
08/05/2012 11:13:19 AM · #9
Thank you all for your advice! I really appreciate it. Don't worry about offending me; it's not easily done, and I understand the confusion. This was all loaded on me within the last few months, so I'm still in the process of understanding it. I will be moving nearby to my twin shortly, and I hope to plan out a few weekends where I can shoot photos and organize my thoughts.
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