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How do we perceive ourselves depending upon what we are wearing? How do the public perceive those wearing workwear, either that which is enforced by their employer or selected as uniform by themselves? Can the causal clothes that we choose act as a uniform of sorts?
Previously exhibited as part of the Brighton Photo Biennial and shared with an international audience on BBC In Pictures, ‘Duality’ is being shown in Manchester for the first time at The Sharp Project.
“The moment I put on a different gown or costume to become a different character, the moment you get on that stage and you’re wearing that, you just become someone else.”
“First appearances really count. If you go in a suit they’ll expect that you sit in an office and everyone else will do the work, whereas if you turn up in your work clothes everyone can see that you’re actually going to do the work yourself.”
“When I’m wearing my normal clothes, I’m just another person, when I’m on the farm,
in my work clothes, people know who I am and what I’m there to do.”
Tristan Poyser is a Manchester based photographer His work has been exhibited at international photography festivals including, Format, Brighton fringe, Hull (HIP) & Look Liverpool. His current ongoing project ‘Borders of Brexit’ explores the landscape and communities living along the 310 mile administrative and imaginative border between the UK and EU in Ireland. www.tristanpoyser.com
Simon Bray is a photographic artist based in Manchester. His work has been displayed in The Whitworth, MIF and The Southbank Centre, and published by The Guardian, BBC and Positive News. He is currently working on documentary project, ‘Loved&Lost’ exploring participants' experiences of loss, as well as producing the upcoming Martin Parr exhibition for Manchester Art Gallery. www.simonbray.co.uk
'Duality' is supported by Arts Council England and was created through the Redeye Photography Network.