SD Holman's series "BUTCH: Not like the other girls" is a photographic exploration of the liminal spaces occupied by female masculinity in contemporary communities.
The images honor the beauty, power and diversity of women who transgress the gender binary, with subjects reflecting the many sizes, shapes, ethnicities, and styles of Butch.
Using her talent as a portrait photographer, Holman's intent is to use the Butch identity as an example of one of the classifications through which women are objectified.
“Butches and all gender variant folk walk in a world that is really hostile to them, so we tend to look inward," Holman says.
Her inspiration was her wife Catherine, a femme who loves butches. "She encouraged me to do this when I started talking about it.”
Holman's portraits are classically beautiful, with artful lighting and dramatic contrasts. Meanwhile the women gaze through the lens to the viewer, unapologetic and authentic.
One of BUTCH's most striking models is Amiee Joy Ross, a professional piercer in Northampton and Provincetown for sixteen years, known as the "Bearded Lady."
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