America is a land of diversity in race, profession, culture and more and more the public discussion turns to the diversity in gender and gender relationships. Lexington resident, Zoe Perry-Wood, uses stirring photos to bring to light the alternative lifestyles of LGBT youth. Zoe says that “Change is happening more quickly then ever before regarding issues such as same-sex marriage, trans rights”. As a testament to this, Zoe’s work celebrating LGBT youths is being honored by the acclaimed National Portrait Gallery in London, England. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize show runs until February 22nd and will then travel Europe.
The piece being shown, Kaitlyn, is from Zoe’s BAGLY Prom series which photographed LGBT youth. It pictures an austere member of the LGBT community clothed in a red dress. Photographed at a prom, the feminine body, tan lines, jewelry, tattoo, and piercings reflect the real person pictured. She is no statistic or oddity, she is an individual who simply wanted her picture taken at prom. Which Zoe was happy to help her out with.
More of Zoe’s work can be found at http://www.zoeperrywood.com/