This series of images examines the life of one individual as it relates to the idea of gender construction. By showing the fluidity and diversity of gender as a performance I intend to start a conversation about how we perceive someone based on their outward presentation. My photographs of Sal portray them as a complex person in such a way that we are able to see their fundamental uniqueness. This uniqueness and dimensionality is what has drawn me to collaborate with them specifically. These portraits are my way of making visible the continual challenges and transformations Sal is encountering within their own identity. I believe that Sal can be a stand-in for myself and many others who choose not to identify with any gender. The binary of gender and our heteronormative culture still dominate, even while fluidity in gender identity becomes more prevalent. By photographing their life I attempt to create meaningful dialogue between the subject and viewer.
“I am not circumscribed by the eyes of others, because I have seen myself and I know I am still here. And I live between my own lines, scrawled around and over the signifiers of identity, illegible to casual readers but silly, sacred, nonsense-verse elegy to myself.” Sal Salam