The ordinary life of Alison Martinu

Lisa Carletta


Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

My series portrays the everyday life of Alison, a suburban cross-dresser living in Newcastle. These pictures are more than a temporary escape, they are testimony to the self-creation of identity.

Alison describes the necessity of expressing their feminine identity as an alter ego. - ‘Very few of us are in a position to integrate both aspects of ourselves into our everyday lives. Also most heterosexual cross-dressers find their partners do not accept their inclinations and have to keep the whole thing secret.’

Digital Photography and the platform of Flickr revolutionised Alison’s experience of cross-dressing, as they never went out in public dressed up, it gave them an opportunity to experiment their femininity to other people.

I followed them in their routine and rambles in North England.

Cross-dressers like Alison might have remained overlooked as they usually perform for themselves. I have found interesting to reflect the ordinariness and duality of their life, demonstrating there are also other forms of transgenderism.

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