©Robert S Johnson 646-725-2187
Trans_Lucent is a response to the simultaneous convergence of
the many transitions happening in my world and the wider
world around me at this time. The particular genesis of the
work was our child telling us that they are Transgender. They
came out during the holidays of 2015, and I found my
photography became my response.
This book is not simply- or really at all- about my response or
one family’s response to transitioning. It concerns the moment
between, the moment after the input and before the formulated
conscious response, the internal monologues that never stop,
the external appearances we show to the world as a response to
the transitions in our lives.
Much of the work involves double exposures, portraits and
self-portraits. The work itself is in transition and evolving as it
is made. Some of the images were planned and some
spontaneous. The tools used are anything that can capture and
pixilate an image so that it can exist in our digital world.
There is one thing that Katherine (my wife) and I have found
to be true as we have all transitioned from Abigail to Asher.
This person is our child. They have been freaking us out and
flipping our world upside down from the moment they were
born. The name, the hair, the pronouns, the gender may
change, but they remain our child. And we love them, forever,