Gender, Projected is an ongoing photo project exploring gender expression and identity, started by Am Norgren and Reese Ramponi, who wanted a way to ask questions of themselves and others about gender. By showing photographs and sharing interviews of participants, they aim to spur discussion around gender and identity, even when that discussion brings up challenging issues.
Gender, Projected was built using the ideas, creative skills, and wardrobes of its collaborators. The clothing and makeup used in the project are secondhand. The models, who volunteer their time and have minimal modeling experience, are photographed against a plain white wall in an attempt to capture gender expression without context. Each model is asked to pose in nine different gendered presentations based on what they want to explore. For some, this means dressing as stereotypically masculine to feminine as possible. For others, this means exploring areas of the gender spectrum in which they feel most comfortable. Models collaborate with the Gender, Projected team to come up with a variety of presentations that attempt to push boundaries to the extent that they feel comfortable.
You can get involved in Gender, Projected by visiting their website at genderprojected.wix.com/
More photos from this project are up on our facebook page.