18. Steve Rosenfield: Reclaiming What We Are

"The What I Be Project gave me a voice when no one would listen." -Anonymous

Unrestricted by religion, race, sexuality, ability, or borders, whether between places or between people, the What I Be Project represents voices from across the spectrum. What I Be was the brainchild of Boston-born photographer Steve Rosenfield.

After using his camera mostly to capture everything from rock climbing to music festivals, Steve began a journey embracing feeling and openness in a way that makes a difference. Steve set out to establish a platform on which people could be vulnerable, sharing something about themselves that they normally would not. His first image, taken in 2010, was of his friend Amanda with "THUNDER THIGHS" written on her skin.

Today, Steve collaborates with numerous universities and organizations to spur conversations around his vivid imagery, which is now seen by tens of thousands on social media, through Steve's Facebook page and as people share images of themselves, their friends, and those that resonate with them. Steve shared part of his philosophy in a 2015 interview with his local Davis Media Access.

"We're all flawed in our own way and it's just being comfortable and sharing what's there for you. We all struggle from something and you'd be surprised what the person next to you is struggling from."

Learn more about Steve's work and his story by visiting www.whatibeproject.com and, if you like what you see, don't hesitate to bring the What I Be Project to your community.

 I am not my scarf.

I am not my scarf.

 I am not my image.

I am not my image.

 I am not my small eyes.

I am not my small eyes.

 I am not my incarceration.

I am not my incarceration.

 I am not my hesitance.

I am not my hesitance.

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