Strange Visions

Wendy Raigosa reflects on deconstructing binaries in 2017.

Growing up when gender was never really discussed unless in the binary boy/girl sense, made life very hard to navigate.

I felt trapped in this stereotypical image of what I should dress and look like to the point that I made it my weapon. I made sure I was always the most fashion-forward person on campus and would keep up with all the shows and magazines. My room was filled with stacks of Teen Vogue and Seventeen, all neatly organized in chronological order, and my closet was bursting with clothes that I constantly had to donate.

It wasn’t until I saw Ruby Rose’s YouTube video “Break Free” that I realized I could be different and that gender and expression aren’t trapped to what you are born with. From that point on, I decided to get to know the real me and get rid of the facade I had been hiding under. During this time I went through the most mental growth I have ever experienced and still am.

“I decided to get to know the real me and get rid of the facade I had been hiding under. During this time I went through the most mental growth I have ever experienced and still am.”

Seeing how being transgender is a more open/known about thing and seeing how far we’ve come, gives me hope for those younger than me struggling with identitya hope I’d like to contribute to.

My photographic style stems around the idea of an alternative view of the world (quite literally). It’s about bringing back wonder and mystery, as well as linking the digital and non-digital aspects of living. In this current time frame, most of our lives revolve around technology and the Internet, so the idea behind my style is to document that somehow in my work as a type of timestamp of what kind of era/ environment I’m coming from. This new aesthetic I’m working on revolves around pushing the boundary of how far I can distort an image while still keeping the elements I’m altering recognizable.

By the end of the year I hope to have started working on two key elements I want my photography to be about: the deconstruction of society’s beauty standards and expectations for both women and men. And also, exploring what it means to be outside of the binary.

My personal experience with existing outside the binary has definitely been a difficult battle discovering not only myself, but also my style and the way in which I wish to represent myself in response to my identity. With this in mind, I want my work to show people that you can dress, look/present yourself anyway you choose/feel comfortable with and still be valid!

“With this in mind, I want my work to show people that you can dress, look/present yourself anyway you choose/feel comfortable with and still be valid!”

I believe people are the most beautiful when they are the most true to themselves, so I hope that with my work I can inspire more and more people to pursue being so.

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