ME&ME

Collection with 10 media items created by Simon Letellier

12 Jul 2013 04:00

ME & ME is a series of portraits of drag shows. Started in July 2013, this project still in progress, has led me to Mons, Liège, Lille and Paris. The goal was to meet transformists to understand their process of "transformation." They are amateurs, professionals, young or old, whether for work or just a passion, these men helped me understand photographically and in interviews the pleasure they have becoming a woman for an evening, a show or a simple shot. The interviews helped to expose the often painful stories with happy issues, but also sarcasm, ridicule, insults and disturbed others look. They also highlighted the insurance, assumption and the desire to be what they are. This temporary transformation goes beyond simple disguise. This goes much further. They do not take on a role, they just become another person they want to live for a while.

Gay Transformist Transformism Burlesque Cross Dresser Artist Show Woman Man

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Nicolas & Lady Emeraude
Lille, France
By Simon Letellier
15 Jul 2013

Nicolas is 29 years old and lives in Lille, France. "Like any artist I look for the people's look when I'm on stage. I want them to feel surprised how beautiful is the woman they look at."

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Kévin & Alycia
Mons, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
13 Jul 2013

Kevin is 24 years old and lives in Mons, Belgium. "Alycia is a part of me. And I like it."

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Henry & Varvara
Liege, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
12 Jul 2013

Henri is 40 years old and lives in Liège, Belgium. "I started to "transform" myself in woman about 20 years ago. Varvara and I are very different. She is more crazy than Henri. Henri is wiser than her. But both are indivisible."

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Christophe & Missfein
Paris, France
By Simon Letellier
08 Jul 2013

Christophe lives in Paris. "At the beginning, transforming myself in woman, was like wearing a mask. I felt more confortable with people, more confident. Which was a game became a passion and then a job."

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Christophe & Gia
Paris, France
By Simon Letellier
08 Jul 2013

Christophe is 41 years old and lives in Paris, France. "I'm a man, I'm gay, I'm not a woman. There is Christophe and there is Gia. They are two different persons. I got two different lives, two different worlds."

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Gökhan & Talya LaPerl
Mons, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
12 Jul 2013

Gökhan is 27 years old and lives in Mons, Belgium. "I'm not a professional transformist. I only does few shows, only when I want and when i feel ready."

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Damien & Khalys
Lille, France
By Simon Letellier
21 Jul 2013

Damien is 31 years old and lives in Lille, France. "The first time I dressed like a woman and i did a show was just amazing! It was like having a way-out from worries and horrible things I saw at this time."

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Thomas & Stef Bischeri
Mons, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
13 Jul 2013

Thomas is 22 years old and lives in Hornu, Belgium. "I'm born as a man but I feel like a woman. I'm a woman with a penis. I wear everyday woman clothes and I never feel better than when I'm performing."

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Sébastien & Nicky La Bonbonnière
Lille, France
By Simon Letellier
15 Jul 2013

Sebastien is 27 years old and lives in Lille, France. "At the beginning I was afraid about being trapped by my character and not being to escape from her. Hopefully it didn't happen."

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Mathieu & Ladynette
Mons, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
13 Jul 2013

Mathieu is 23 years old and lives in Mons, Belgium. "Sometimes I need to wear woman clothes and to transform myself. I do it sometimes at night, even when i'm alone at home. It's a part of me."