2017 - ongoing
This ongoing series explores the vernacular of the family photograph and album. Through a diaristic process I document the friends, lovers and colleagues who together form my extended queer family. ABIDE is particularly focused on moments of domestic intimacy and on the non-conforming (trans, non-binary, non-white) body as a charged site relating to discourses of power, agency, and identity politics.
Growing up queer in working-class Leicester, I faced rejection and hostility from my biological family and the wider social milieu. In ABIDE, I take childhood photo albums from my mum's house without permission and queer them through removing and defacing photographs of my biological family and replacing and overlaying them with ones of my chosen family.
Two photographs from this series were shown at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017. A photograph from this series won the Photofusion Select Award at Salon/18.