Capturing the Courage of Transgender Men

Published: July 9, 2013

Lorenzo Triburgo shoots his transgender subjects from a slightly upward-facing angle in order to portray a sense of heroism.

It’s one of many choices Triburgo made in the construction of his “Transportraits,” which are meant to convey specific ideas about a subject matter in which he’s highly invested.

“What I wanted to do was create a project that was not about anyone’s particular story but more about my connection to the subject, the subject being gender identity and constructions of masculinity,” he said.

Another important feature of the portraits is the landscaped backdrops. Triburgo painted those himself using instructions from Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting. Having no previous background in painting, Triburgo found the process challenging.

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