Last year I received an assignment to photograph for the first issue of Cause and Effect. The publication offers to have a print that marries fashion and politics. They want to talk about a love of fashion that doesn’t require moral and intellectual compromise. To explore beauty beyond the realms of the unachievable, the non-diverse. To discuss mental health, race, body type, gender, sex, sexuality in a candid way, in a beautiful way, in an accessible way.
The project was to photograph activists that labeled themselves as British and queer. Queer means a lot of different things to people, but Cause and Effect magazine identifies itself as a queer magazine because so many queer people have contributed to it, all different degrees, shades and flavours of ‘queer’. But more than that, they see ‘queer’ as a set of values; that’s inclusivity, a celebration of difference, anti-hierarchy, anti-heteronormativity, support for and between everyone involved in the magazine, compassion, and constantly pushing ourselves to be better in all of these areas.
Although this photoshoot didn’t get published, I had the pleasure of meeting many great minds in the editorial, fashion sectors. Special thank you to the Saudi firebrand Amnah Hafizz, co-founder and editor of C&A, for having me photograph the six British activists.