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One of the core ideas behind Self Evident Truths, is that people don’t fit into over-simplified boxes: It’s impossible to deny the humanity in a face. We are all human, we all have hearts and emotions and eyes that speak to them, whether we’re gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, black, white, Latino or Asian. In 2010 iO Tillet Wright began this project, photographing anyone that felt like they qualified to fall on some part of the LGBTQ spectrum, from bisexual, to transgender. Shot in simple black and white, in natural light, with no makeup or styling, the photos emulate Avedon’s In The American West and August Sander’s People of the 20th Century, and are intended to humanize the very varied face of gays in America today. “Guess what, we look just like you, your mother, your brother, or the coworker sitting right next to you.”- says Tillett Wright about the project. What started as 50 portraits shot in New York City quickly turned into 1675 portraits. She continues to photograph anyone in the United States that is, or EVER has been, anything other than 100% straight.
Holi (होली) is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. One of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar. The popular festival, marked by the throwing of brightly colored powder, drew 50,000 revelers last year. During the celebrations people light a bonfire, called Holika on the eve of Holi festival and celebrate the victory of good over evil and also the triumph of devotion to god. This year, an additional Festival of Colors is planned for noon to 6 p.m. April 14 at the Salt Lake City Krishna Temple, 3370 South.