Vancouver-based Hana Pesut had us laughing and reflecting on society’s standards on sexuality with her quirky project called Switcheroo. What started innocently with a few friends has blossomed into something that’s taken her places and introduced different people in her life. In this interview, she tells us the inspiration for the series, her self-published book, and her possible next project.
Everyone knows about your famous series Switcheroo. What inspired you to embark on this project?
I was camping with some friends and two of them were dressed very different from each other. One was wearing leopard print leggings, a tie dye shirt, gold embroidered coat and silk scarves in her hair and everything was very bright and colourful and the other friend was wearing black jeans and a black t-shirt so I thought it would be interesting if they traded outfits and I took before and after photos.
The series has taken you to many places and introduced you to many couples. What would you say is the most memorable place and couple you visited with?
They have all been very different experiences but one of my favourites was one that I took in Paris with Mariko and Sam. It was my first time meeting them and we found the perfect location in the Le Jardin des Plantes and we took the first set of photos of them in their own clothing. After they had switched and came back to take the second set in each other’s clothes we were told we were not allowed to photograph in the garden so we had to walk quite a ways to find a new location and they walked the whole time in each other’s clothes. They had so much and I think Sam even wore Mariko’s heels.
You recently released your Switcheroo book. How did that come about?
It took a really long time! I had been thinking about it for a while and finally set up an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to publish the book. I didn’t reach my goal but was still so amazed at the support I received from friends, family and people I had never even met! I had no idea what I was doing so I learned a lot along the way. Some friends helped with the layout and sourced a printer in the US and ta-da I self-published a book.
We stalked your Instagram account. Any chance of you making a series about animals wearing hats and/or helmets?
Haha! I would loooove to, actually did you see these? I just need to find some photogenic animals that can sit still, know any?