A new exhibition titled Primordial is set to stand out at the Mardi Gras visual art displays this year.

Photographer Shayne Fergusson has used the name of his works to show the slow but eventual development of the GLBT community.

“It’s about showing the slow evolution of an idea, concept or action,” he said.

“I have done this by using the most used creature in the world to show transformation – the butterfly. I have always been fascinated by watching an idea such as gay discrimination in our community evolve from this small voice to this trumpet of such magnitude.”

Fergusson was also the artist behind the popular Men After Dark calendar that featured a series of nude and semi-nude portraits. His exhibition will be structured in a movie-like set-up creating a cave-like atmosphere.

“I force you to go inside your own mind because my exhibition has been created to resemble a dark cave. If you ever wanted to witness where it all began, darkness, and see a small form of beauty emerge from this darkness, then you need to come,” Fergusson said.

“The thing that excites me is watching this small creature transform into so much more. I find a lot of people relate to this exhibition in many different ways. I guess I relate in the way my life has slowly evolved over time, and how I’m almost ready to take off into the light.”

Primordial will feature at the TAP Gallery until Saturday 1 March. For more information checkout www.totemform.com.au.

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