Photographers are many times referred to as voyeurs. We watch and capture snippets of time and space. In a moment, everything seems to congeal to convey a message … but what message does our personal projects say?
It is this question that led us to California-based photographer Steve Rosenfield’s series ‘What I Be Project’. It goes beyond the portrait of the person’s physical appearance and delves into their emotional and psychological state.
“The ‘What I Be Project’ is all about honesty,” Rosenfield explains. “In today’s society, we are told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these “standards,” we are often judged, ridiculed, 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.
In this riveting and thought provoking project, as the viewer we become the participant. It is not a passive action as each photo and its story pulls us in. These are real people with real issues, just like the rest of us. It is okay to not be okay and that’s encouraging.
The tagline for the project is ‘building security through insecurities’. As brave individuals expose their raw emotions and fears for the camera, something that sounds contradictory at the beginning makes perfect sense.
I encourage every viewer to look at each image and put yourself in the individuals shoes. By allowing yourself to feel what they feel, you might realize something you’ve never noticed before . . . Some of the faces you may recognize, some you may not. Take the time to connect with each one. You may see yourself within one of the photos. ~ Steve Rosenfield
What I Be Project by Steve Rosenfield
Moving forward, Rosenfield will be adding statements from his subjects to explain further their experience and the meaning behind their insecurities. They have also added a YouTube channel where small interviews can be seen.
What I Be Project – Amanda “I am not my body image” (Anorexia)
In the end, does insecurity define other people’s perception of who you are?
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules