Dress Code is a new photo-interview series exploring identity and personal narrative through fashion, style, and self-expression. This installment features Hobbes Ginsberg, a photographer, filmmaker, and model who lives in Los Angeles.
DRØME: How do you identify?
Hobbes Ginsberg: First as an artist / photographer / filmmaker / etc. I'm also a non-binary trans girl.
How would you describe your style / aesthetic?
I'm not sure if I have much of a defined aesthetic. I've always been envious of people who are super committed to one look. Lately, I've been very specific with my color schemes and almost exclusively wear yellow, white and blue with accents of red. Overall I think my style is a bit grunge / wannabe skater kid. Someone told me I have a “Goodwill skatergirl” look so I think that fits.
What makes you proud to be who you are?
I think I have a unique way of thinking about things, which I try hard see as an asset. It also makes me really proud when I see that things I've put out into the world, whether it's my photos or even just my presence on Instagram, are helping people feel better and more comfortable with themselves.
How do you use style / aesthetic as a tool to explore or express your identity?
Fashion and visual imagery are really powerful and fun ways to project an image of yourself. Everyone has unconscious associations with different images; putting those to use can be really cool. I love the idea of crafting an all-encompassing look that manifests in as many media as possible! Like, in the way that my clothes and my photography and my filmmaking and home decoration all speak to each other.
One piece of clothing / accessory you can’t leave the house without?
I've worn this triangle pendant choker thing every day for the past 6 years! It's pretty much the only constant in my look for that long.
For more about Hobbes, you can follow them on Instagram: @hhobbess
In the making of DRØME we hope to showcase a community of doers and nourish an attitude of empathy in a world that teaches us to pass judgment rather than practice kindness. The stories, images, and people shared in this magazine are an amalgamation of perspectives often overlooked or explicitly excluded from art and media worlds. The dearth of diverse identities and viewpoints within the arts is harrowing, especially for a young generation that is fighting its hardest to overcome conservative notions of order ultimately practiced as acts of discrimination against the very people and things we find most inspiring. In DRØME, the featured creators and creations encourage us to never shy away from who we are and what we want. Each artist, in sharing their story, embodies their own definition of agency. Against a mainstream ideology that indoctrinates patriarchal, capitalist, and hateful theories turned into policy, the artists in our first issue represent the ways in which art can take power back from society's denigrating control.