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ABOUT THE PROJECT

Bristol Trans Portraits is a visibility and education project featuring the trans community in and around Bristol, UK. Founded by Nicky Ebbage in July 2020, the project offers one free photoshoot each month to a trans/nonbinary person, who is then also given a platform to talk about their experiences.

The project aims to educate those who are not well versed in transgender issues, while providing an empowering experience for all who take part.

Participation is open to anyone in Bristol or the surrounding areas who identifies as trans or non-binary (along with those who are gender-non-conforming but would prefer not to label themselves!). I would especially like to invite Black folks, Asian folks and any people of colour, along with sex workers, and anyone who is disabled to get involved.

"Visibility isn't truly visibility until ALL members of the community are seen. For this reason, while the project is open to anyone who is trans, I especially want to use it to promote the visibility of those within our community who face more structural barriers."

 - Nicky Ebbage, project founder

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NICKY EBBAGE (THEY/THEM)

PROJECT FOUNDER AND PHOTOGRAPHER

Nicky is a Bristol-based photographer specialising in portraits, gigs, theatre and events. They have worked with a number of high-profile venues and organisations across the city, including Bristol Old Vic, Travelling Light Theatre Company and Bristol Folk Festival, and they are currently one of two house photographers at St George's Bristol. Nicky's work has also been published both in regional and national newspapers, and they were featured in the Bristol Pink List in 2020 and 2021.

Nicky is passionate about building accessibility and inclusivity into their work and to that end they run schemes like reduced rate pricing in order to ensure that those on low-income can still hire a photographer. In January 2021, they were invited to be part of the Critical Friends Committee at the Royal Photographic Society - a small collection of photographers appointed to review diversity and inclusion within the organisation. Outside of photography, Nicky works part-time in a music venue where they are in the process of developing transgender awareness workshops for staff and volunteers.

"I started Bristol Trans Portraits because I believe visibility and representation put us in a better position to advocate for our rights, educate others and fight transphobia."

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