As part of this project, On The Cusp, I invited people who identify as transgender to take part in shaping its outcome and to sit as models for the production of the work.
My main prerogative is in breaking down barriers and dispelling stereotypes about people who identify as transgendered, with the work encouraging an open discussion amongst people of all sex, gender and preferences.
By having the photographs taken in the sitters home and in their everyday attire, it strips them of any signifiers attached to common stereotypes – these are everyday people in everyday environments.
Comprising of some 50 photographs, presented are six very different people who share a similar, yet at the same time very individual and personal journey. I was interested in photographing each sitter in their personal environment (ideally located in their home) and in their chosen attire they feel comfortable wearing day to day.
Patricia Karallis was born in Australia, before moving to London in 2006. In 2012 she graduated from the BA (Hons) in Photographic Arts degree at University of Westminster .
Shooting analogue, her main interests lie in documentary and portraiture, exploring the way people live. Her work has been featured in numerous online magazines such as Mull It Over, ILoveThatPhoto and We Are Drifters, as well as her series On the Cusp (2012) featured during Photomonth and her Mildura (2011) series being shortlisted for the Athens Photo Festival, 2012.
She is currently preparing to launch Paper Journal, an online culture magazine with a focus on innovative visual artists via interviews, features & lots of original content. To view her work visit: http://www.patriciakarallis.com.
All images © Patricia Karallis