OUT Photo Series

OUT Photo Series

OUT Photo Series Collage

OUT Photo Series visually explores the differences between “closeted”/shameful experiences, and “out”/positive experiences surrounding identity in the LGBTQIA+ community. All of the participants in this photo series identify as a part of the Queer community and volunteered to be a part of this project. The photos in this project were all taken during a face-to-face conversation about identity. The first photo (black & white) was taken while discussing hardships and difficulties with personal identity. The second photo (color) was taken while discussing positive experiences and affirmations of identity. Lastly, each participant gave one word that they feel best describes their own personal journey with their identity.

Project Areas

  • Branding
  • Recruitment
  • Photography
  • Social Media
  • Web Design
  • Web Development
  • Print
  • Shows
  • Paper

Branding

I created the logo, as well as the branding standards for OUT Photo Series. In the logo I used the LGBT rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo) in order to communicate the Queer subject matter as well as a camera shutter to communicate that the logo belongs to a photo series.

Recruitment

I recruited participants for the project using a Google Form that I sent out through my own personal network, as well as various social networking platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Overall, over 60 people responded to the form.

Photography

All of the subjects were photographed while having a face-to-face conversation about their Queer identity. This was accomplished by using a shutter release remote to control the camera, which was next to me. Each subject was photographed against a white background using one dynalite strobe head as the lighting.

Social Media

OUT photo series included social media profile creation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The Facebook was used for event creation and the Instagram was used to share the actual photographs before and after the shows.

Web Design

The website for OUT Photo Series was designed to show all of the photographs in an accessible manner. This included creating wireframes in Adobe XD, as well as high-fidelity mockups in Adobe XD.

Web Development

The site was hard-coded in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The styling of the site also utilized the Bootstrap Framework. The site launched right after the first in-person show.

Print

All of the photographs were printed for two separate in-person shows. Each subject’s pictures were printed next to each other on 16-inch by 20-inch foamcore. There was also a 36-inch by 36-inch collage of the black and white photos, as well as a collage of the color photos.

In addition, two books were created. The first book was a 10-inch by 8-inch high-quality lay-flat coffee table book. The second book was a smaller 5-inch by 8-inch low-quality version that was sold at the second show to benefit the organization that hosted it.

Shows

The first one took place on March 23rd, 2018 on ASU Tempe Campus. The second show took place on April 6th, 2018 at Phoenix one·n·ten. The purpose of these shows was to display OUT Photo Series in a physical format before the full website launch. The Tempe Campus show took place so that students at ASU had an opportunity to view the series. The Phoenix one·n·ten show took place so that the Queer community in Phoenix, particularly the youth, got a chance to see the series.

Recognition

State Press Article Barrett Video View OUT Photo Series
ASU Git Wireframes