I’ve spent much of the last year photographing gay, lesbian, bi, queer, etc identified women in a portrait project called “What Dyke Looks Like” the emphasis of the series it to showcase the diversity of a community that many people see only through their television screen.

The photographic style is as broad in range as the women; from candid images of a lesbian family having breakfast at the kitchen table, to high fashion femmes, to BDSM.

The last 12 months due to the constraints of the project being completely self funded,have kept WDLL shoots mostly to South Western Ontario.

But no more!

I’ve started a campaign on the popular crowd funding site indiegogo to raise funds to power the project forward into other cities and countries!  A trip to the States is planned for the fall as well as an overseas venture next winter to photography WDLL women in the developing world.


What you can do:

Contribute financially- There are fun perks that every contribution gets (prints, etc)

Spread the word about the project: Email friends and like minded colleagues, tweet about it, share it on facebook “like” it on facebook or the indiegogo site. (This also helps spread word about the project in general!

Join the campaign team!

The more people involved, the more people we can reach through each of our personal networks!

Research shows that fundraising campaigns with multiple team members involved raise 8x more funds.

Bob Geldof started the first Live Aid just through his personal network alone. Email Me and I’ll send you a campaign invite and give you a neat little title to go with it.

The Campaign is only on for the next 60 days and my goal is to raise $10,000 (gas is $1,27 a litre eh?)

Let’s get on it!





























The questionnaire and info project for the WDLL project can be downloaded here.

Please fill out the form and email it to info@kristyboyce.com with your form named “Your first name_last name.pdf”

I’m looking forward to our upcoming London shoot on May 22nd or 23rd (depending on when the space is available)




I am currently working on articles and a long term project on elephants in Thailand.

As I am still travelling to sanctuaries in Thailand I will write more on this later, but I have posted some images below taken at The Golden Triangle Asia Elephant Foundation where John Roberts allowed me to spend a few days.

This is a blurb taken from their site explaining what they do:

“The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation was set up primarily to help elephants that cannot help themselves, those that find themselves through abuse or through circumstance unable to provide and maintain an income for themselves, their mahouts and their families.

We perform street rescues for elephants and, where possible, mahouts and families; we cooperate with the Government and other organisations in ‘bigger picture’ projects; we endeavour to ensure that nett good is done and that our actions in helping one elephant do not adversely effect others we may not be concentrating on.”

Anantara-Golden Triangle Thailand – Images by Kristy Boyce


I had the opportunity to spend some time with Kuo Chang-hsi for a recent article.

Taiwan’s Last Sword Maker – Images by Kristy Boyce

In a cramped dark room, a small, wizened Taiwanese man is silhouetted only by the fire of his forge. He unsheathes a menacing looking sword nearly as long as he is tall. Firelight bounces off of the ornate detailing on the sword as he holds it upright. This feels an awful lot like a scene out of the Kung Fu blockbuster Kill Bill.  Except of course for Mr. Kuo’s wife puttering in the background and his preference that I not kill anybody with his sword.
Plus, the movie’s wrong, Kuo’s ancient replica “The Green Destiny Sword” is the same as the one used in the internationally acclaimed film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” directed by fellow Taiwanese Ang Lee. Kuo acted as a consultant during the making of the film.

“Most western media want to know only about the human bones,” He says looking a bit mischievous. “But they always get the story wrong.”

The use of human bone dates back over thousands of years, and is considered  by some to purify the sword, others think the phosphates released when the bones are burned help bind the various layers of metal. Clients who want a sword made from an ancestor generally provide the bones.
“The saying is to make a good sword, you have to throw a man into the fire”
But in the real legend says Kuo, a sword maker was commissioned years ago to make the finest sword for the emperor, but no matter what method he tried, the sword was not pure enough. Seeing his plight, the man’s wife threw herself into the fire in hopes that the purity of her love for him would be the right ingredient.” And it was.

Kuo hand crafts every sword in a traditional blacksmith’s forge heating up the metals to over 1300 degrees.

Unfortunately, most swords now are mass produced by machine and at 67 years old and with no heir to continue his trade; traditional sword making in Taiwan may very well die with its master. Kaohsiung, Chending, Taiwan.


As of January 1, 2011 Kristy will working as a Taipei, Taiwan based photographer, and will be available for assignment throughout Asia.


Nina Arsenault-Buddies in Bad Times Theatre – Images by Kristy Boyce

Nina Arsenault(actor/writer/director) photo shoot at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto Ontario Canada.
Art direction by Ashlee Cowan.
Photography by Kristy Boyce

My friend Ashlee does erotic cross stitch. “That’s something that one does?” you ask.
Yes, yes it is. After getting bored stitching kittens and “bless this mess” Ashlee decided to have a go at creating her own patterns, however her sense of style had different “kittens” in mind.

Where do I come in? For the last few years these kinky cross stiches have been garnering large chunks of change at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre charity auction; Ashlee is hoping by  that using a really strong image as the pattern base (photographed by me) and a local queer icon (Miss Nina Arsenault) the end product will generate even more money for Buddies community arts events.

Here’s some background info on the theatre:

MISSION STATEMENT (Revised Feb 2004)
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre strives to fulfill the role of the leading alternative facility-based theatre in Toronto. We are committed to work that challenges the boundaries of theatrical and social convention. As a company we celebrate difference and question assumptions. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is committed to theatrical excellence which it strives for through its play development programs, strong volunteer base, youth-mentorship initiatives and ever increasing wealth of Canadian Queer Talent.

MANDATE (Revised Feb 2004)
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is a not-for-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to the promotion of Queer Canadian Culture. We are dedicated to producing, developing, and supporting queer theatrical works that speak to one, or both, of the following criteria:

  1. QUEER, referring to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered identity, encapsulates the core of our organization. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is a queer-run organization committed to representing the LGBT community by supporting its artists, and by telling its stories.
  2. QUEER, referring to anything different or outside of the norm, represents the nature of artistic work presented at 12 Alexander Street. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is dedicated to work that is different, outside the mainstream, challenging in both content and form. (This second definition of Queer is not LGBT-specific)

G20 Protests Toronto 2010 – Images by Kristy Boyce


Fashion in Ghana – Images by Kristy Boyce


Ghana, much like anywhere else, can very easily be misrepresented as either a wonderful paradise, or hell on earth, depending on whose camera/opinion you have access to.

All  of you Canadians out there probably remember the overtly humble and good natured (albeit toothless,) Canadians shown in Micheal Moore’s Bowling for Columbine.. and you probably remember that our GDTPP (gross domestic teeth per person) is much higher than represented in that film.

Oh, and more on point; his example of a Canadian “ghetto?” well maintained townhouses…now I’m the first to agree that having a home that’s symbiotically attached to another, is no way to live, but come, on Mr.Moore, have you been to Oshawa? OR how about the crack dens of West Vancouver, Toronto’s Regent Park.. the fact the we have a place called tent city and it’s not so named after an outdoor sporting co-op for yuppies OK?

Which brings us to our photos of the day:

Osu, where you can spend $25 on lunch, $5 on an icre cream, get an iphone for $700..

A block or two away..

Osu, Accra, Ghana, Image by Kristy Boyce ©2010

©Kristy Boyce 2010

This is just behind a poor neighbourhood in Osu, it performs all the functions of a bathroom and trash disposal in one handy location!

This beach is not so far away from the above, but it caters to well healed Ghanaians and tourists


Ghana was the first African nation that U.S. President Barack Obama visited, and they went nuts for it..

A different type of sign..these are about as prevelant as the Obama ones..©Kristy Boyce 2010


When people think of Ghana (if they think of it at all) the image is of  an example of peace in the war ravaged belt of West Africa. They think of former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Of a quickly developing nation. And recently, of an oil find that is sure to mean big bucks.  They don’t tend to think of Soddom and Gomorrah. Unless that is,  they happen to live there.  It is a slum in Accra, Ghana’s Capital and largest city. The houses are shanties made from corrugated tin and wood. The Korle Lagoon which the slum rests on is long dead and considered one of the most polluted bodies of water in the world. Inadequate housing and undrinkable water is the story of most poor people the world over, but here in Soddom and Gomorrah not even the air is breathable.

Across the Lagoon is  Agbobloshie. A quick scan over the water will reveal clues as to what happens in the area.

All the big brands are here. The half submerged words  “Philips” and “Sony” stare out of the sludge at you from the backs of computer monitors and television screens. Then there’s the smoke: thick, black and acrid, it reaches across the horizon, scorches your lungs and makes your eyes water. And it’s source? Small children burning old electronics to eek out a living from the copper found inside.

15 years ago local kids played football here and swam in the lagoon. Now they work from 6 a.m. on to extract metals that will earn them about U.S. $2.50 per pound. Their tools are sticks and hammers or rocks, they light the electronics on fire, then bend over the smoldering pieces picking through them by hand.

Greenpeace has done a study on e-waste in the health effects of burning e-waste:

“Many of the chemicals released are highly toxic, some may affect children’s developing reproductive systems, while others can affect brain development and the nervous system.  In Ghana, China and India, workers, many of them children, may be substantially exposed to these hazardous chemicals.” Dr. Kevin Bridgen, Greenpeace’s Science Unit.

How do developing nations end up with your used computer?

Containers filled with old and often broken computers, monitors and TVs – from brands including Philips, Canon, Dell, Microsoft, Nokia, Siemens and Sony – arrive in Ghana from Germany, Korea, Switzerland and the Netherlands under the false label of “second-hand goods”. Exporting e-waste from Europe is illegal but exporting old electronics for ‘reuse’ allows unscrupulous traders to profit from dumping old electronics in Ghana. The majority of the containers’ contents end up in Ghana’s scrap yards to be crushed and burned by unprotected workers. Some traders report that to get a shipping container with a few working computers they must accept broken junk like old screens in the same container from exporters in developed countries. -From greenpeace.org

As these countries themselves begin to develop, the problem is only going to get worse (India produced over 330,000 tons of e-waste last year alone) until international legislation actually provides and finds a way to enforce sustainable solutions.

A tire is lit on fire to produce sustained heat to melt the plastic casings off used electronics

We need an environmental U.N. up in here  yo.

It is often children that work in the burning fields. Studies have shown that the smoke inhaled while burning e-waste can be destructive to their future reproductive health, among other things.