if i want to photograph you, then that is a different story (beautiful story).
for the last couple of months. the constant battle with grief and gender identity almost made me give up multiple times. sometimes, I would find myself at 3AM scrolling through some medium of social media, and I would often bump into the process of Toyin Odutola. There was something about seeing an incomplete piece that resonated with me, because I was incomplete myself. And, when i attended her opening today.. i experienced completeness. I experienced memories of those who have passed away within the last couple of months, i experienced my identity as a male, i experienced my fear, my doubt, my blackness. Now… I stand here, ready to begin my transition, and preparing for a new journey. This is so deeply imbedded into the history of the soil we stand on, and deeply rooted into my veins. I will never forget the art that brought me to the well needed change I’ve embraced today.
I am working on projects with a couple of amazing human beings in order for others to not feel so lonely in their own process. I’ve never felt so completely open to sharing my life, despite the possibilities of losing friends, family, peers. However, that will only happen in scarce amounts because I’m surrounded by open, beautiful, intelligent, free individuals.. that love that kid for who he is.
Thank you @obia_thethird for the constant inspiration and congrats on the opening. We LIVE!
Her soul is like being at the highest point. breathing in and breathing out.. thinking to yourself, “I am free to be me.” This was my photo/talk session with this beautiful, talented, magical person.
@rurujungle for B LAC KNESS (at Kale Kastle)
SOL . Brooklyn, NY (Kale Kastle) . 2013
Sol is a hip hop artist from Seattle, Washington. Sol left the United States on a ten month globe-trotting hiatus as part of the Bonderman Honors Travel Fellowship he was awarded at the University of Washington.
“Why I’m coming home (an open letter)
James Baldwin (via eatcakey)
that cuts rather close to the bone