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My Taste For Androgyny
Monday, May 16, 2016






 Ever since I  (I was 8) saw a little person get on a bus in Buenos Aires around 1950,  who had very short hair but wore a skirt I have been interested (confused then!) with androgyny.
My Rosemary and I decided to call our youngest daughter Hilary because we thought that it was up to a person with an epicene name, to inflect upon their name their personal feeling on their sexuality. Our older daughter, named Alexandra (after my middle name as my first is Jorge) goes by the name of Alex and that is an epicene name, too.

In the height of the early 80s sexual revolution in Vancouver I always guessed that any woman using the word androgynous or showing an interest in looking so was usually of that sexual preference that did not include the male sex. I have felt most of my life to be a liberal in these matters so not only am I not repelled by androgyny but I am attracted to the idea of expressing my feelings on it through photography.



I met Olena through my hairdresser and I was instantly interested in exploring androgyny with her. It helped that she has a demure (most lovely in my eyes) chest.

In our first session in my little (demure?) Kitsilano studio I had Olena wear my Mexican Puerto de Liverpool pin striped suit. I also had her slip into a classic fishnet panty hose stocking. Unfortunately since it is not my aim to offend anybody who might accidentally run into my blog the last two images of the five-photograph narrative have been cropped.



     

Previous Posts
In Praise of the Trombone

Lucía Mateo (aka -Talvinen) La Misteriosa Joven de...

El Dragón y la Princesa - Sobre Héroes y Tumbas

La Intrusa - The Intruder - Jorge Luís Borges

Evita

Alejandra Olmos - El Espectro con Pelo Violáceo de...

The Face of Beatriz - Los Rasgos de Beatriz

Jorge Luis Borges's Dream Tigers at the Buenos Air...

La Recoleta Con Nora Patrich, Yuki y Unos Felinos

Don Homero Aridjis - The Butterfly Man



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