Authenticity, states Psychology Today, requires transparency: a willingness to express who one is and what one thinks or feels in a “relatively unadulterated form,” an action that bestows its bearer with trustworthiness. Though scientifically proven, this paradigm is based upon a past in which personal interactions were immediate and IRL. In a digital world, the line between authenticity and artifice blurs. People are authentically candid when veiled behind a screen. Many are similarly artificial via their Instagram life. The moral: True authenticity is multimedia, and it requires guts.
Georgia Glennon’s photo documentation of the trans community in Sauylita, Mexico, confirms this reality. “My friend Alex was my inspiration,” Georgia explains of the series. “He was the gardener at one of the first houses I rented in Sayulita. He started transitioning a couple years ago. His courage to be his authentic self was admirable, especially in a machismo culture. I photographed him and his wife. After I heard their story, I began photographing more of my trans friends in Sayulita.” Georgia’s ongoing visual exploration of this community challenges viewers to examine the new meaning of authenticity in the present world and at the same time discover the genuine complexity, courage and individuality of her subjects.