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Mona

NYC transgender/nightlife personality Mona Marlowe is far along in the process of transformation. Like her idol Marilyn Monroe, she is very complex, striking and vulnerable.

© Gary Beeber, "Mona's with lillies" from the series "Mona", Digital color print, 2015

© Gary Beeber, “Mona’s with lillies” from the series “Mona”, Digital color print, 2015

 

When photographing her in her single occupancy room located in Manhattan’s Theater District, it became evident how her entire existence is shaped by her need to express the woman she had always felt she was born to be. Great financial sacrifices and physical pain were and are being made to change genders. The photos were taken over several months.

 

© Gary Beeber, "Mona's sink, NYC" from the series "Mona", Digital color print, 2015

© Gary Beeber, “Mona’s sink, NYC” from the series “Mona”, Digital color print, 2015

© Gary Beeber, "Mona posing on her bed" from the series "Mona", Digital color print, 2015

© Gary Beeber, “Mona posing on her bed” from the series “Mona”, Digital color print, 2015

© Gary Beeber, "Mona with perfume" from the series "Mona", Digital color print, 2015

© Gary Beeber, “Mona with perfume” from the series “Mona”, Digital color print, 2015

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