Powerful Photos of People Exposing their Innermost Fears & Insecurities. {Adult}

Via Kimberly Lo
on Dec 31, 2013
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Many of us have had that dream where we are at school or work, surrounded by people, only to realize that we are completely naked.

I’ve had that dream (or some variation of it) several times throughout my life.

I thought of that dream when I discovered Steve Rosenfield’s What I Be Project. Rosenfield photographs his subjects’ innermost fears, secrets and prejudices faced due to appearance, ethnicity and the rest of the long list we judge each other by.

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.” 

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.

See all of the photos from Resenfield’s “What I Be Project” at his website.



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Editor: Rachel Nussbaum

Photos: Steve Rosenfield


About Kimberly Lo

Kimberly Lo is a yoga instructor and freelance editor & writer based in Charlottesville, VA. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework, travel, and photography. Connect with her on Facebook.


12 Responses to “Powerful Photos of People Exposing their Innermost Fears & Insecurities. {Adult}”

  1. @PinkuTaima says:

    Great idea, I like this a lot.

  2. Jeneen says:

    Amazing. Brave and bold.

  3. Christina says:

    Powerful beyond words

  4. Carl says:

    Shame. I was shamed for feeling fear. Molested by my older cousin. My depressed mother and teachers deemed me a nuisance and essentially insignificant. Taught me that nothing that I could do would ever be good enough responsible for everything wrong. That, my feelings don't matter. I feel invisible. Unworthy.

  5. Tom says:

    Carl, no one will ever know what you went though. No one will ever know the pain. No one will ever deserves to feel that way but know that you made it though it and that from now on life can only get better. I hope you no longer feel the need to be ashamed, it wasn't you or your choices that caused these actions. Never feel alone. Never feel invisible. Never feel unworthy. You will always have people who care for you you just need to find them. All the best

  6. blake says:

    thats lead singer of rebelution right? He is one awesome dude….So nice

  7. Kim bollinger says:

    Thank you. Your caring affected me, too!

  8. maja says:

    A similar very cool project about women: https://www.facebook.com/WomenRawHonestLovedProje

  9. leeron says:

    Wow. This is powerful. Thanks for sharing.

  10. sharon says:

    THANKS for Sharing, Very Powerful Words