Doing It For Ourselves
'Doing it for Ourselves' is an ongoing photographic project paying tribute to QTIPOC individuals who are helping the larger community. It’s also meant as a message of hope. As bad as current events are looking now, these people overcame remarkable adversity so I find their achievements and legacy inspiring and motivating to keep going regardless of what’s happening in the world. The work consists of a series of portraits and short interviews where each person answers the same three questions:
1. What made you start?
2. How much change have you noticed since you started?
3. What’s next for you and/or your initiative?
Pierre-Yves Monnerville is a designer and photographer exploring how urban living, loneliness, identity, body image and mental health in general affect men. Coming across Mapplethorpe’s Black Book at 15 inspired him to become a photographer.
25 October–4 November