Lotus was produced in 2011 by Max Pinckers and Quinten De Bruyn while students at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent as their first documentary body of work, with the world of transgenders in Thailand as their subject. The gender crisis that the so-called ladyboys face is transformed into a visual metaphor about the identity crisis that contemporary documentary photography currently encounters, when it dares to reflect upon itself critically, and confront its paradoxes. The documentary photographer that captures reality as 'a fly on the wall' can't deny his or her directive and manipulative role any longer. The anonymity, the seeming absence, is merely a pose. The tableaux that the photographer captures are not lies, but enfold themselves within the studio that he or she creates from reality.