Bearded Ladies

Vancouver photographer Rosamond Norbury looks quite unassuming until she shows you the prints: black-and-white nudes, homoerotic cowboys, and bearded ladies. Katja De Bock, Reel West

Bearded Ladies
Screening at The Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, Tuesday August 18, 2015 at 9:45 PM

Better Than Chocolate producer Sharon McGowan gives us a Norbury that ‘illuminates the peripheral’ from her photography career’s start in the rodeo world, to drag queen culture, to the much-loved TV series Kink and beyond. Bearded Ladies is an edgy local documentary offers thought-provoking interviews on Norbury’s early life and her dad ‘the original drag queen in [her] life,’ before moving to Norbury’s sexual identity as ‘omnisexual’ and her alter egos ‘Rod Bush,’ the greaser gay boy, and ‘Rose Bush,’ the flourishing queen. McGowan provides a lens into Norbury’s more recent work Bearded Ladies, a process that began with her own gender expression. A groundbreaking artist fully entrenched in the communities she photographs, Norbury’s engagement with her work shifts the phallocentric culture of photography to an unknown place, or in her words: into a “surprise that unfolds in front of me”.