Steve Rosenfield Asks Subjects To Write Their Biggest Fears On Their Bodies

I am not my gender

I am not my gender

I am not my country

I am not my country

I am not my body image

I am not my body image

I am not my MS

I am not my MS

Photographer Steve Rosenfield’s “What I Be Project” is, as he says, “a social experiment turned into, what is now, a global movement about honesty and empowerment. In today’s society, we are often told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these ‘standards,’ we are often judged, ridiculed, bullied and sometimes even killed over them. I started this project in hopes to open up the lines of communication, and to help everyone accept diversity with an open mind & heart and empower those who feel they suffer for something they may see as a flaw.”

The project asks participants to write their biggest fear or insecurity somewhere on their body, and then allow Rosenfield to photograph the writing as part of a portrait.  Often the subjects write an accompanying statement to the portrait, discussing how the fear has affected their life.  The courage required to be a part of the project is meant to be cathartic.  Including everyone from high school students to better-known individuals, such as Michael Franti, Kathryn Budig, Paula Van Oppen and Trevor Hall, the project is all about how we define ourselves based on the perception of others’ opinions.  Drawing attention to notions such as reputation, stereotype, self-identification and insecurity, Rosenfield’s work is encouraging.  It helps a viewer consider what the world might be like without the labels we assign and assumptions we make about ourselves, and people we don’t even know.  Learn more about it here.  (via theguardian)

I am not my hair

I am not my hair

I am not my stomach

I am not my stomach

I am not my image

I am not my image

I am not my height

I am not my height

I am not my small eyes

I am not my small eyes

I am not my drive

I am not my drive

I am not my trust

I am not my trust

I am not my self doubt

I am not my self doubt

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