Much of my identity is influenced by growing up gay in small town America before it became more common to be out about one’s sexuality. It felt subversive to explore my body and its conversation with others. To this day, internalized homophobia impacts how I move through my world.

Self is an exploration of the ways I see myself — objectively, subjectively, through different eyes, through different bodies — and the ways I might want to be seen. I find pleasure in looking at my body. I find confidence in being uncomfortable, imperfect, human. These pictures are a recording of queerness and the complexities of masculinity. They’re proof of what’s worthy of being visible.