A world that holds everyone
Since I started photographing, I have had in mind that I want to show diversity. I never wanted to be that typical, media-fixated photographer who just follows the norm. No, I wanted to show what I think is beautiful and what is important to me. I think diversity is beautiful. As I have already said in previous blog posts, the ones I photographed in my more "artistic" and undressed sessions are just undressed because they also expose a part of themselves. Among my nice "friends" are people with previous eating disorders, diagnoses and tough living conditions. There are those with severe body complexes, there are young and there are more mature people. So there are just people like you and me. I can sometimes feel that I have a hard time getting it out in the pictures that I want and therefore I try to tell it as often as I get the chance instead. In my world there is room for everyone and in my world you start a discussion or an acquaintance with curiosity, not with hatred, threats and prejudices. Yesterday I took another step in the same direction. I had the great honor of photographing Amanda who is a transgender person. It doesn't really matter because, as I said, I photograph most people, but at the same time it plays a big role. To me, she symbolizes exactly what I stand for and what I believe is so crucial for the world to function well. I am proud to present the pictures of Amanda in my session Human Nature. Her contribution makes the session even closer to my vision of accommodating all different people, young, old, bi, gay, men, women, hen, colored, powerful, slim, etc. I have great respect for Amanda and all the participants in the session. So now I ask you as a reader of this post to show compassion, love and respect. If you happen to be someone who does not agree with me or who wants to have fun at the expense of others, keep it to yourself or within your circle. Instead, meet Amanda and everyone else in my sessions with curiosity and reverence for their courage and their contribution to a better world.