Bernadette Fox

Photographer
    
You're Really Pretty
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Nationality: USA + The World
Biography: I’m a photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I craft visual narratives for editorial publications and long-format documentary projects, focused on the intricacies of culture and daily life. I am available anywhere you would like to... MORE
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You're Really Pretty
Copyright Bernadette Fox 2022
Updated Oct 2020
Topics Civil Rights, Documentary, Essays, Film, Freedom, Gender, Happiness, Identity, Leica, LGBTQ, Midwest, Minority, Non-Binary, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Relationships, Sexuality, Transition
This project explores identity and non-conformity through an individual’s unique experience of embracing a non-binary existence. Although it’s challenging to determine how many people identify as non-binary in the United States (given the current lack of identity options on legal paperwork), a 2018 Pew Research Center survey concluded that 35% of Generation Z (born after 1996) say that they personally know someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns such as “they” and “them”. The photographs and interviews document the day-to-day reality of the choice to break from our social and cultural beliefs in two distinct, disconnected and opposite forms of masculine and feminine, in favor of discovering a new way of being in the world.

Download the full project PDF here:
http://bernadettephoto.com/s/Youre-Really-Pretty_Bernadette-Fox.pdf 

Ray is a 31-year old, non-binary, queer person and full-time artist working in both sculpture and tattoo arts. They live in Minneapolis, MN with their bulldog, Frances. Ray made the transition from identifying as female to non-binary in January 2019. They had been thinking about it for over 9 years. “This was a thing that I just knew, beginning with childhood vibes. It was always in my brain, but I didn’t have the vocabulary for it before. I first came out as bisexual, then I found my queer family, and then I finally had the words to explain what I had been struggling with my whole life. Because I now identify as non-binary… I can dress any way, and present any way, be male or female, be nothing or both. It is such a relief. When I first started asking people to use ‘They/Them’ pronouns with me, most of my friends said they had seen it coming for a long time and weren’t surprised. They were like, ‘Yes! Finally!’. I’ve spent so long trying to fit in with other people’s shit, and now that I know myself I’m like, ‘Fuck it. I’ll die for it’. Of course I’d love for it to be easy, but I would rather have the life that I want. And that’s what it is for most of us in 2019–it’s just not the same dream that our parents had.” Rachel Andrzejewski, 2018. Ray Andrzejewski, 2019.

Created in partnership with @_pretty_boi_ray and @thealdrichtattoo.

You're Really Pretty — Bernadette Fox // Documentary Photographer
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