I’m glad that with the book I can show a part of my work that doesn’t surface online so much because of restrictive American censorship rules. Social media has created this very unhealthy way we deal with our bodies and sexuality. We strive for unrealistic body images and get anxious if we are not reaching those goals.
90% of the people that I work with are not models but normal people – often the first time in front of a camera. A big part of my job is to show them their own beauty. With the photos, I hope they can see themselves in the way I’m able to see their beauty: including all the scars, stretch marks, bellies and hair. No one should feel ashamed for who they are.
Similar to the church in the past, Facebook/Instagram is colonising the world with a very dangerous and hurtful set of morals. Morals that tell queer kids worldwide that their sexuality is not valid, that their bodies are shameful, that they have no space in society unless they look like the cis, straight, white, shaven, American Stepford family member. But we are here. We are beautiful and valid, even if we don’t fit into Mark Zuckerberg’s restrictive world.