Tagmasc project has given me the opportunity to explore issues around LGBTQ+ male identity and masculinity from my own queer perspective. These ten photographic portraits and interviews explore how LGBTQ+ men self-identify, how their self-definitions are at odds with cis heteronormative expectations and stereotypical representations of gay men and notions of masculinity.
Covid19 restrictions meant that my original plans had to be reshaped. Portraits and interviews took place when lockdown had ceased at a location that the participant and myself felt happy and safe in, apart from George and Ryan who were shielding together. Both being artists and keen to be involved we decided that their portraits and interviews would be done by each other and as such they have a different aesthetic.
Making Tagmasc has been a totally uplifting and energising experience for me. After a really tough personal year overlapping with the challenges of a pandemic lockdown it has been a refreshing joy to spend time connecting with such warm and open individuals. Thank you all for being so generous with your time and for your frank and candid queernesses.
This project is a progression from TAG project in 2018, which looked at LGBTQ+ representations of women. https://www.mingdenasty.co.uk/tag
Thank you also to Trevor Pitt for being there throughout. From the tricky days of him gentle nudging me through the application process to his fine and sensitive editing of the audio.