“I am an artist and ‘dressing up’ is my art” – Olivier Richomme photographs Barry, a Manchester artist utilising clothing for self-expression

Words by Barry

"I am an artist and 'dressing up' is my art".

I feel this statement resonates with me. I see wearing clothes as moving pieces of sculpture. I love clothes, I love women's clothes, I love the way women look and I love 'dressing up'.

I consider myself as 'gender fluid'. Although I use this label, I feel labels can be restricting because some people are unwilling to look beyond the label.

It has taken me years to arrive at the point where I am accepting of my choice of self-expression. I feel self-expression in any form - be it music, art, fashion, conversation, play, etc. is an important part of the human psyche that needs to be EXPRESSED!

I would say I 'dress up' more than 50 percent of the time. I go to work dressed up, I go shopping dressed up & if I am going out 'on the town' then I put more effort in.

My favourite eras for clothes and fashion would be the 60's and 70's. It seemed like a very liberating time and I feel it is reflected in the fashion.

As a publisher and Community Interest Company, TRIP is dedicated to showcasing unconventional stories that may otherwise be overlooked. We aim to give a platform to the unseen and a microphone to the ignored. Expression is a right and should not be confined to those that can afford to work for free; which is why we strive to support a diverse range of creatives in their work, commissioning exciting projects and creatives to visualize them.

Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.

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