ISBN: 978-1-909208-26-1 Publication: 10th October 2016
Format : 234 x 156 mm
Extent: 168 pages 170gsm full colour
Territories: World English LanguageA departure for Arachne Press, our first book of photographs.
Photographer Tom Dingley started his #Outcome project a couple of years ago, in response to his concern at the lack of positive role models for young people on the cusp of coming out. He decided to photograph LGBT people with the attributes of their everyday life – their work, or their interests; and holding a picture of themselves as a child. The message is, no matter how hard it is growing up, no matter who you were, you become who you become, and you are amazing.
Arachne Press were quietly helping, finding venues for exhibitions and subjects to be photographed, then we set Tom a challenge – 100 photographs 50% women, 20% ethnic minority and as many Transfolk as were willing to get involved, and we’d do a book. Tom hit that target, and the book was published on 10th October just in time for International Coming Out Day.
THIS IS AN ONGOING PROJECT and YOU CAN HELP!
We want more people to come forward to be photographed and we want to take the exhibition round the country.
Are You: a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender person? Can you get to London for a photo shoot? do you have a photograph of yourself as a child? Are you willing to have your photograph exhibited around the country (and maybe beyond) in a travelling exhibition, and published in a book?
Predictably the first flush of enthusiastic photograph subjects were youngish white men, so we are particularly interested in women, ethnic minorities, older people, people with disabilities, people with interesting jobs/ hobbies that will photograph well – so musicians, sports enthusiasts, crafts people, artists, trades and professions that would make interesting photographs…deep-sea divers… puppeteers… spider-wranglers…we want to have as diverse an offering as possible. See who we already have.
Not every photograph has gone into the book, but the exhibitions will eventually include everyone. We would also love a short quote from each participant about how they see themselves.
If none of that applies to you, but you still think it’s a good idea…
Do you have a venue in which we can show the exhibition?
We’ve had some interest from universities and libraries in Sheffield, Southampton and Glasgow and maybe Oxford, but we would like at least 2 more venues with as good a spread around the UK as possible. We are looking for at least a week, a small launch party, (or a big one!) a day when people can come along and be photographed so that their portraits go into the next exhibition, a bit of help with invigilation and somewhere to sell the book.
Would you be interested in supporting the project financially?
We raised nearly £3000 in Our Campaign on Kickstarter, but that only covers the print costs. To successfully get the exhibition on the move around the country we need venues (which we will probably have to pay for) transport, invigilation, hanging… even if we were to do all this ourselves, (not very practical!) that takes time away from income producing activities.
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Two years and several exhibitions later, this is the Outcome.
Born and raised in Greenwich, London, Tom Dingley studied photography at college and then at Greenwich university. As a photographic artist and commercial photographer Tom has held exhibitions in the past, but Outcome is his largest project in portraiture to date.