Meet The Artist: Ceri Oxman

Monday, 16 April 2018

When Ceri approached my girlfriend and I and asked if she could take some photos of us, I was immediately bubbling with anxiety. Believe it or not, despite my YouTube channel and liking a good selfie or nine, i'm very awkward in front of the camera and attempt to avoid it at all costs. However, when Ceri explained what her project was about there was no way I could say no.


Ceri is a Fashion Photography student in Falmouth, and the project in question is titled 'HOMO'. Shooting on both a Canon 6D and a Minolta 35mm, Ceri meets queer people from all walks of life, to find out their story. From lesbians to drag queens and openly out to somewhat closeted, 'HOMO' celebrates sexuality in it's truest form.

Despite the anxiety, Ceri made Paige and I feel at ease in no time at all, and I was soon comfortable enough to embrace the double chin and let us be candidly captured.   

Speaking about 'HOMO', Ceri says "The denial and the despair, as well as the liberation and breakthrough that are known aspects of living a homosexual life is something that I wanted to address by interviewing Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual individuals. From working with all of the individuals from London, Manchester and Falmouth, the experience of creating this magazine was exciting, intriguing and heartbreaking all at the same time." 
"Whilst photographing some of the individuals, there were some acts of homophobia portrayed against them - I suppose that just shows that we still have a long way to go. But we can’t forget how far we’ve come. I hope by reading this, you get an insight into the conflict but also the comfort in what it means to be who you are."


You can check out Ceri's website here, and follow her Instagram to see some more incredible images for this project. Personal favourites of mine you can find here, here and here.
© All images and media: Ceri Oxman

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