Camera Work 1: Tristan Harris & Jérôme Bertrand
Imbued with vulnerability and queerness, the work of these five photographers has been an inspiration and delight to our eyes this year. While we’ve made so secret of our appreciation for Cody Caissie, Tristan Harris, and David Romero in past issues, this time we’re also happy to introduce two new arrivals: queer-friendly Jérôme Bertrand, and photojournalist Anna Grigorian. We hope to see a lot more of all of them in publications and galleries near you.
- Not 2B Missed: Gay Nuns, Queer Portraits, Dan Deacon
- Camera Work 2: Cody Caissie & David J Romero
- Anna Grigorian’s “Rainbow Project”
Tristan Harris – “Father’s Workshop”
Born and raised in Prince Edward Island, model and stylist Tristan Harris has come a long way from his sometimes trying childhood. A member of Glam Gam Productions, and a photographer in his own right, Harris is often seen as the muse of Montréal photographers César Ochoa and Damian Siquiéros.
Breaking out on his own, Harris did this series of haunting self-portraits during a winter storm while back in PEI. “Father’s Workshop”, for which he wore his sister’s 90′s prom dress, conveys simultaneously the alienation and possibilities for empowerment when we occupy patriarchal spaces as queer men. Harris recently became engaged to DYDH/Montréal Street Fashion photographer Danik Yopp, making him half of a Plateau power-couple 2B reckoned with.
Jérôme Bertrand – Ill Project “Patient 2”
This thoughtful (and queer-friendly) Montréal photographer’s work took a dramatic “hyper-real” turn in 2011 after a hiking accident saw him survive a near-fatal 100ft fall. Luckily, a pine tree broke his descent, and he escaped with only a broken heel and vertebra. “Being at the hospital was an intense process, such a sci-fi environment, really creepy, with all this technology,” such as pace makers and screws that called into question how organic we are as 21st -century humans. With a background in illustration, Bertrand applied his skills to a series he dubbed Ill Project, which explores themes of prosthesis, robotics, and a cyborg aesthetic that we found totally captivating.