I am intrigued by how people express themselves and cultivate ways they want to be seen. We are all unique yet we gravitate towards different communities, social groups, or subcultures for a sense of belonging and acceptance. Some of us have intentionally adopted uncommon modes of dress to display a break from the beliefs and mores of popular culture or simply as a form of self-expression (like writing or painting). What we wear is also a visual language to communicate shared value systems, common interests, and involvement in similar activities. But who are we underneath our bold fashion choices and unusual aesthetics? Does the way we dress impact how people relate to us? Is success completely reliant on appearance or “first impressions”? Are we treated with suspicion because of our goth/punk attire or visible tattoos? Are we perceived as being depressed, antisocial, promiscuous, or unapproachable? I am inspired by the fearless creative rebellious ones, those who embody art, challenge societal norms, or push the boundaries of gender expression. Thank you to all the individuals who have allowed me to take their picture at goth clubs, art events, and music festivals. Here are a few portraits from the hundreds I have collected over the past decade.

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