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Photographing the obstacle

The Burqa Series, exhibit - Crypt Gallery, - London

This portraits collection focuses on the veil as a visual obstacle, a block. As a portrait photographer, Greg celebrates faces as visual representations of a person's identity. Greg focuses on the gender aspect, both because it's a tradition only applied to one gender and because the veil is able to conceal gender itself.

"I accumulated these portraits slowly and organically, researching and hand picked some of the models. I included some of my clients, asking them to try the veil on while during a professional headshots session. Some of the subjects in the Series are believers. and wear a veil in their everyday life. Some of them have no relation with their parents because they have stopped wearing it. Some are Christians, Buddhists, or Atheists, who simply wore it for a photo shoot. Some are men. If most people won't even recognize when they are looking at a male, how much identity is the veil blocking? The fact that it's only mandatory for a gender is the point. If men had to wear it too, it would be easier to recognize it as a tradition, a typicality."

A note on the veil and how some of the pictures were possible: the Quran has no expressed requirement for women to cover their faces, while the traditions of the life of Muhammed command modesty. Interpretations vary, but even some of the most conservative communities prescribe the veil is not compulsory in front of blind men and gay men, as they are non-valid.

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