Waylon with Steve Rosenfield of What I Be Project: Photos of the Inside of Your Soul.

Via on Feb 12, 2014

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis.

Waylon talks with Steve Rosenfield of What I Be Project about how opening up to our “negative” is positive. Brave, vulnerable, transformative—this is Art at its best.

Steve Rosenfield

Steve Rosenfield

Steve was born in Boston, Massachusetts and now resides in Davis, California. He is an avid rock climber, and this is where he found his love for photography and video. He enjoys all types of shots whether it be sports, weddings, head shots or live music.

Music is one of his passions and you can find him on the road, in the photo pit or on stage capturing bands such as, Michael Franti and SpearheadTrevor HallDispatchJohn Butler TrioAtmosphereThe Beautiful GirlsXavier Rudd and many more.

His What I Be Project was recently featured on elephant journal. For this project, Rosenfield photographs his subjects’ innermost fears, secrets and prejudices faced due to appearance, ethnicity, etc. The project, which began in 2010, is on-going and so far includes over 500 images. Rosenfield plans to publish a book in the near future.

Rosenfield explains that his work is “all about honesty” and the goal of his photos is to “build security through insecurities.” He points out, even though our society would like to deny it, all of us are judged on our appearance. Rosenfield claims, “If we differ from these ‘standards’, we are often judged, ridiculed and sometimes even killed over them.”

An elephant journal blog about Steve Rosenfield’s creative process. 

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my turban.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my thoughts.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my strength.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my rage.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my number.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my molestation.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my mistakes.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my guilt.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my gender.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my communication.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my character.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my bulimia.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my bulimia.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my body image.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my blackouts.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my amputation.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my adoption.”

Photo: Steve Rosenfield

“I am not my abortion.”

Connect with Steve Rosenfield on his websiteTwitterInstagram or Facebook.

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Photos: Steve Rosenfield

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3 Responses to “Waylon with Steve Rosenfield of What I Be Project: Photos of the Inside of Your Soul.”

  1. Jennifer S. White jenniferswhite says:

    Yay! He's an amazing artist who is bringing something of real value to major media outlets.

  2. Karen B. says:

    I've been following this project. When people are willing to be vulnerable….it gives us all permission to bring our own shadows into the light. This is an amazing project.

  3. Bay says:

    Powerful.

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