‘I was born with an intersex variation. For years I hid it. Then I went to Italy and let my beard grow for the very first time. It was intensely liberating’
I took this shot in 1995 in my home studio in Highbury Hill, London. At that point, I was in a liminal state with my gender: I was moving from being perceived as female to being perceived as male, but really I was coming to terms with the fact I was born intersex.
I was not transitioning. I had no interest in moving from one fixed point to another. The spaces in-between have always been so much more interesting to me. But this period felt like a turning point in my uncovering the ambiguity in my gender that had always been there. I felt it needed documenting.