Photographer Reveals People’s Darkest Insecurities in ‘What I Be Project’

Everyone has insecurities, but sometimes people give their insecurities so much power that they allow these things to consume their entire lives. Often times, these insecurities are never shared with others.

So, when photographer Steve Rosenfield captured these incredibly intimate and stunning images of people bravely sharing their insecurities, we were floored.

In his What I Be Project, Rosenfield had people write their various fears, labels and self-doubts on their skin, then he took their portrait.

“The ‘What I Be Project’ is all about honesty,” says Rosenfield. “In today’s society, we are told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these standards, we are often judged, ridiculed, and sometimes even killed over them. I started this project in hopes to open up the lines of communication, and to help everyone accept diversity with an open mind and heart.”

We are all fighting our own battle. Nobody has it “all together,” even if they like to think that they do.

“I encourage every viewer to look at each image and put yourself in the individual’s shoes,” explains Rosenfield. “By allowing yourself to feel what they feel, you might realize something you’ve never noticed before.”

On the project’s website, you can find a vast collection of these portraits, along with the participants’ short descriptions of how these insecurities play a significant role in their lives.

What do you feel insecure about?

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