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Editor’s note: This piece is part of PolicyMic’s series in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013, addressing issues of trans visibility and the media.
I’ve been taking photographs for the greater part of my life. For the past seven years, I’ve used photography as a way to understand my own experience as a trans person and to look deeper into the lives of the people around me.
When asked to create a portfolio of transgender-specific portraits for the PolicyMic"Identities" section, I was excited for the opportunity to show my work to a new audience, but I was also nervous. It isn’t my place to try and claim a trans identity for the people featured in my photographs. Some people have a gender identity that stays put. Some identities shift once and gradually settle in. Others have a fluid experience with their gender that perhaps falls somewhere on the trans spectrum. Personal identifications are complicated and can be easily misunderstood.
Instead of simply showcasing my own photographs, I reached out to 16 people I’ve photographed and asked them to tell me in their own words how they identify at this very moment. The diversity of the models’ identities speak volumes. Being “trans” is just one small part of what makes each person unique and inspiring, as you’ll see.