Wednesday 24 June 2015

Display: #Outcome LGBT Portrait Project by Tom Dingley

Display: #Outcome
LGBT Portrait Project
Tom Dingley

“When I was coming out,” recalls photographer Tom Dingley, “I was repeatedly challenged because I didn’t quite fit the stereotype. People would ask me if I was sure.”

Dingley’s photographic project #Outcome has the dual aim of breaking down these stereotypes by showing that there are LGBT people in all walks of life, doing all sorts of things, while also giving young people hope that “it gets better”. His portraits show LGBT people with some attribute of their job or daily adult life, holding a photograph of themselves as a child.

“Having the child photo seemed a good way of showing the transition from being a young person to being an adult. That bit in the middle is different for everyone – some people have it fairly easy, others not at all – but the point is that everyone gets through it and you can be someone and do something with your life.”

Dingley has successfully reached his first target of 50 portraits and will be exhibiting as part of both London and Brighton Pride. He is now aiming for 100 portraits and would then like to do a book. He also hopes to use the photographs for pop-up exhibitions in schools. The project is growing and Dingley would like more people to volunteer to be photographed – especially women – so get in touch and help celebrate the diversity of our LGBT community!

LGBT Portrait Project
Tom Dingley

#Outcome with Pride in London
New Bloomsbury Set
22 June – 28 July 2015

Brighton Jubilee Library
17 July – 10 August 2015

To see the full portfolio and enjoy the images, please see the July 2015 print issue of DIVA magazine 

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