My personal favourite photograph from [sur]passing was Thato, Cape Town, 2002 because the natural lighting captured a beautiful honey-glow on the subject Thato, and the blue sky differs from the other pictures that mainly use urban backgrounds and skylines. His stance is firm, with a hand on his hip, head held high and making direct eye contact with the camera which depicts the exact image of confidence. This really stuck out to me as people of different gender identities (Thato identifies as non-binary) are often heavily scrutinised, however, Thato presents himself with pride, proudly showing himself to the world.
Overall, I don’t think Flash’s work is displayed just for aesthetics, but to illustrate a deeper meaning and to tell a story through each photo. The photography industry is the perfect place to bring up conversations that need to be discussed in our rapidly changing world. In general, Flash takes this opportunity to display topics that include the LGBT community and race, and to challenge people’s opinions. I would recommend this exhibition for people to open their minds to the many different types of people that exist.
- Fatima Shirazi
Images: Courtesy of Autograph Gallery