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Half Man/Half Woman

I love these photographs. I love them because they are just portraits. They aren’t fashion-as-a-performance pieces. They are simple. And layered. And they avoid the typical half-gown, half-suit costume. I love that photographer, Leland Bobbé, used only make-up and facial hair to mock traditional masculinity. I love that the make-up in itself is an art, with layers of meaning increasing with each application of foundation, powder, blush, eyeliner and fake eyelashes.

No, Photoshop wasn’t used to combine faces. It’s all ‘real’.

As a visual person, my initial theme was purely visual — simply half man, half woman. The more I shot, the more I saw how the power of hair and makeup could completely transform someone on the outside and, once transformed, how differently they carried themselves on the outside.

– Leland Bobbé

We’re all a mix of the masculine and feminine but so often we’re forced to internalize one or the other depending on our identity. It’s wonderful to see both, at the same time, without competition.

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One thought on “Half Man/Half Woman

  1. what striking about these images is that the men are ‘untreated’ while the ‘women’ are all treatment. I’m a gal & I look nothing like any of these ‘women.’ It might be more fair to find a category that describes what is a highly artificial performance of ‘woman.’

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