After meeting in the dark lairs of Phoenix, photographers Morgan Carpenter and Paul McDonald thought it would be wise to combine their varied snapshots of the GLBT community. When all the photographs were collated a Mardi Gras exhibition titled Sub.cul.ture was born.

To be hung at The Supper Club and Polo Lounge from next Thursday, the exhibition captures
both the personal and public personas of the queer community.

We’ve been collaborating and learning from each other over the last six months or more, and this gave us a way of showing Sydney’s GLBTI communities in a lot more depth, Carpenter told Sydney Star Observer.

We wanted to try and simultaneously capture the vivacity and ordinariness of people’s real lives.

For people who aren’t from Sydney, and for our straight friends, we hope we give some insight into how and who we are.

The photographers have used the photographic medium to explore the lives of people from a broad cross-section of subsets within our diverse community. Each photograph represents a particular point in the life of the subject.

It could be Friday night at a club, Monday night in the bedroom, or any day in a fantasy. But at that time they feel confident and comfortable identifying in a specific way, McDonald said.

We are all interesting, unique, powerful and beautiful in our own ways. We have our vulnerabilities but it’s our underlying strengths and confidence to be who we are that comes through in the images.

info: Sub.cul.ture will be on display at The Oxford Hotel’s Supper Club and Polo Lounge from 18 February -” 10 March. For more details visit www.lunasa.net/subculture and www.paulmcphotography.com.

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