Blair, a dear friend and birthday twin of mine, asked me to photograph them before and after their gender confirmation surgery also known as top surgery. I knew immediately I wanted to be there for the process and found myself alongside them and their mom in Fort Lauderdale, FL where some of the top surgeons who perform this work are based. The follow up photographs were taken in Colorado. I didn’t want to overthink what I wanted from it, but simply to bear witness to a beautiful human transformation and be there for a friend. Seeing someone loving themself is one of the most powerful feelings. I’ll leave the details and nuances to personal discussions so that you can experience the images for yourself.
My only goal was to use a variety of cameras, although all images here are shot on 35mm film. Whether it was water or watermelon, I knew I wanted to keep the fluid theme and color tones somewhat consistent while letting the images create themselves.