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Throw Like A Girl: The Tomboy Project (2013) explores concepts of ‘the tomboy’ beyond childhood with the object of increasing tomboy visibility in contemporary art photography. This series of twelve large-scale portraits (and transcripts from interviews of self identified tomboys) was created using digital photography with long exposure times to create a sense of emergence and minimal parameters of sameness that paradoxically allow for difference. The work responds to tomboy experience during adolescence and differing stages of adulthood, whilst mapping the landscape of metaphorical and poetic associations of this aspect of female experience. In redressing the low visibility of the tomboy beyond childhood the work draws on a rich and largely ignored history that seeks representation.

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Lesley Turnbull is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. In 2013 she completed her Master of Art by Research from RMIT University in Melbourne. She has exhibited throughout Melbourne and in the UK and is preparing to embark on a residency program in North Iceland. Lesley is a member of MAPgroup, a group of Australian photographers engaging in the documentation of social and environmental issues. To view more of her work please visit: www.lesleyturnbull.org, http://lesley-turnbull.com, and http://tomboyproject.blogspot.com.au