The Test Shot is a new online visual project that aims to document and celebrate the variety and strength of transmasculine style.
We want to create a catalog of how transmasculine identified people in London and elsewhere live today. Right here, right now. We’re looking for participants who are interested in being photographed and contributing an interview or their own writing on the subject of personal style.
There are no stipulations on gender identity beyond the term transmasculine. As long as that term resonates with you or reflects you in some way, we are keen to work with you.
It’s completely up to you whether you are identifiable in the photographs. Not having your face shown can be just as interesting as being identifiable.
We are not professional photographers. But we are totally in awe of the amazing publications being produced independently in the States and Australia by trans and genderqueer guys at the moment. This project is more than a little inspired by ORIGINAL PLUMBING # 5 (the fashion issue). Of course, style goes beyond fashion. Clothes mark the line between the bodily and the social and blur the line between the private and the public. Clothes can offer a silent refuge at times where nothing else or no-one else supports you. At the same time, they connect us to a social code that goes beyond the individual. If you’re trans and/or genderqueer, chances are you don’t take what you wear for granted. But style has as much do to with how you live as what you wear.
Trans* guys are not considered to be masters at the art of living. In truth, we’re barely considered as people who live in any normal sense of the term. Why not? We philosophise about this shit constantly.
At The Test Shot we believe it’s important to show each other that we are leading normal and extraordinary and beautiful and modest and outraged and sexy and melancholy and fucking well turned- out lives. Sometimes, at least. If you would like to be part of it, please email mytestshoot at gmail dot com. Check us out on Twitter.