IDENTITY is an exhibition and publication from London & Brighton-based photographer Chris Jepson, exploring what it means to identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community today.
From religious to secular, young to old, performer to military, this series of black and white portraits presents the diverse faces of LGBTQ+ people from myriad walks of life across the globe, challenging stereotypes, reframing assumptions and dispelling the myths of perceived identity.
The images are presented on a neutral background in black and white giving a result that is more objective but at the same time inclusive, in that each one, devoid of its surroundings, becomes a component part of a larger story of community. Like a brick in a wall or a jigsaw piece. So a barber in Brazil is sitting in the same light as a peer in the House of Lords in London, half a world away from each other but connected.
I am looking for members of the LGBTQ+ community from all walks of life. If you would like to participate, please complete the ‘Get Involved‘ form, then we can arrange the when and where for the shoot which, once set up, should take no more than 10-15 minutes.
All families have disagreements and moments of discord, and the rainbow family is no exception, but I am hoping this project will show that our rich diversity is our greatest strength.
Throughout recent history we have been persecuted and legislated against but in times of need we step up for each other. In the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City it was lesbians who rallied around gay men in their hour of need and when the Trans community was under attack it was the rest of the LGB community that stepped up and said ‘No, Transphobia is not ok’.
As our hard fought for rights are being eroded, it is essential that we come together as a community.