It's neither red & green, pink & blue, nor black & white. In reality, people come in gradients instead of blocks, a spectrum than of compartments. The "Non-Binary" portraits of Montreal-based photographer Laurence Philomene are the very fresh sights to behold.
Her "Non-Binary" series is an on-going project which she began last year, meant to provide representation for non-binary subjects by collaborating with her non-binary friends as her models. Her goal was to capture her friends' most ideal, unique selves as to how they would want to present their identities. Moreover, it's one's journey to showcase the diversity and the under-represented.
Although Laurence tiptoes around a very delicate issue such as gender and sexuality, she focuses more on identity and self-discovery along with her friends; and that's exactly what her portraits are -- fun, colorful, optimistic, and special.
Even colors have been gender-stereotyped long before -- pink were for women; blue were for men. Laurence goes beyond the typical, and her quirky palette is the first thing one will notice. Her palette is a careful decision, coming from her love of pastel hues, bright chromes and slightly neon shades, meant to bring out the buoyancy and confidence of each subject.
Laurence follows a rather very minimalist composition, where colours are the most dominating element seen in her portraits.
Watch out for our exclusive interview with Laurence soon. In the meantime, visit her website, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and Instagram for more of her works. Images are with permission from Laurence Philomene.