Hana Pesut’s Switcheroo photos expose how gender and identity are defined by the clothing we choose to wear.
Hana Pesut’s Switcheroo photos are simple, but fascinating. A couple stands together, looking straight ahead. in the next photo, the couple is in the exact same pose, but have switched spots—and clothing.
Aside from beautiful exposures (Hana uses a Hasselblad medium-format film camera), there’s something captivating about seeing how people change when wearing another person’s clothing. Most of the groupings are a man and a woman, and it’s funny to notice how deviant both the man and woman instantly become when wearing the other’s clothes.
After we profiled Switcheroo on The Good Feed Blog in February, Hana offered us our own Switcheroo photo session. When my husband and I showed up on Ocean Avenue overlooking the Santa Monica Pier to meet Hana for the first time, I realized that part of the whole experiment is the process of taking the photo. Standing in front of everyone in the crowded park having photos taken, even in our normal clothes, was sort of embarrassing.
Standing in front of everyone wearing each other’s clothes was… well… sort of insane. I was really self-conscious, but my 6’2″ Eastern European husband was amazingly confident and proud in my v-neck crop-top and flouncy skirt. I was surprised at us, and proud of him.
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