In first reading the brief for this first assignment I began searching news and entertainment sites for an article that would catch my eye. Something with a little spark that I feel had a wide enough scope to develop into a photo-real image to convey a meaning.
I finally came across this article, posted on Stuff.co.nz concerning a woman who had her Planet Fitness Gym membership in Michigan, due to complaining about a transgender woman in the changing room. Plant Fitness describes how they “are committed to creating a non-intimidating, welcoming environment for our members,” and that they have a gender identity non-discrimination policy.
This got me thinking about both transgender equality and gender identity within society.
I felt that this would be an interesting concept to investigate through a photo-real image and, if done well, could convey a powerful message to my audience about equality in today’s society.
I also feel that this is a prominent issue within New Zealand due to the recent legislation of same-sex marriage in April 2013, making gender identity and transgender equality timely issues. This makes me feel that this idea conveyed within a photo-real image could have an impact on my audience and provoke their thought process about how they think and act in society relating to these issues.
From here, I will do some research into both gender identity and transgender equality as well as imagery surrounding this issue.