Denise Laura Baker

Becoming Jane is an intimate photographic study of the Gwynedd and Conwy transgender community and is being shown in one of LLAWN’s Iconic bathing huts. The huts are based on Victorian changing rooms which were designed to protect swimmers modesty whilst at the seaside.

During the making of this work photographer Denise Laura Barker was invited to share intimate moments of everyday domesticity; visiting people at home, at the beach, drinking tea and generally learning about how it feels to be a trans person in North Wales. It explores how people feel about themselves now, and how felt, stepping into the shoes of a new person through transitioning or cross dressing.

Denise’s photography focuses on people, stories and details; texture, pattern, shape and human experience. She enjoys photographing the unusual and the mundane, finding detail in her everyday surroundings and looking for ‘stories of community and humanity’ wherever they may be.

Aside from her photography Denise has enjoyed a varied career. She has worked as a counsellor, life and business coach, an academic researcher and psychologist, a secret supper club host, manager of a catering company (Moel Faban Suppers) and director of the Bethesda Pay As You Feel Café (a community and food waste activist project).