A Rainbow Isolation…
Photographer Mercedes Rollason wanted to create a positive portrait of the Fenland LGBTQ community. Not an easy task. But the struggle was worth it.
In the Autumn of 2020 photographer, Mercedes Rollason, had an idea.
To present a positive, colourful and flamboyant portrait of the LGBTQ community living in Fenland and Cambridgeshire.
However, at the end of 2020, it became obvious that this concept was not going to happen. Mercedes discovered an LGBTQ community feeling disheartened, lonely and not enthusiastic about living in Fenland.
Mercedes discussed the project with Creative Agent Colin and together they explored how it might continue. People were not feeling positive enough to show themselves publicly. What if Mercedes could interview them and combine their words with her photography of the region?
Mercedes pushed forward and the result is a stunning and moving collection of quotes and photographs that the reveal the lives of individuals living in Fenland.
It’s June 2021, it’s Pride Month. Mercedes has seen a big shift in the attitude and spirit of those she interviewed in December and January.
“Coming out of lockdown really does seem to have put some positivity back in people’s lives. Isolation can be an overwhelming situation. The LGBTQ community was already feeling isolated so the pandemic just reinforced that feeling. Something changed around April. Colour seemed to return”.
The project is now developing. People are coming forward to have themselves photographed for the collection. Something has changed and we wish them and Mercedes all the very best in presenting the next stage of the project.
If you would like to take part in the next stage of the project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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