Layers of Confusion

Submitted by Emmett, the model and photographer.

“I took a series of photos within photos, starting out with my core self: a blank slate. The next picture is my frustration with reading. I have extremely severe dyslexia. After that is my confusion with gender, the ever present pressure to choose, and my sadness at the binary.”

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Posted by on March 14th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Category: faces 6 comments »

6 Responses to “Layers of Confusion”

  1. radical/rebel

    I’d love to see you do a similar shoot, but focusing on things that make you joyful and excited! I really love the idea, but I also believe in celebrating what we can… for instance, is there something about living beyond the binary that you find empowering or enjoyable?

    just a thought, and no offense meant. I really do appreciate this photo and the style.



    Emmet replied:

    Well, I did consider doing one, but I think we spend a lot of our lives being told to be happy and celebrate and be joyful, and not enough of our lives being told that it’s okay to be hurt and upset and angry, and that it’s okay to express those emotions. Not everything sad must have a joyful counterpart, and the societal expectation that it will, and that if we as humans show our sadness we are wallowing in self-pitying really bothers me sometimes.


    radical/rebel replied:

    the hard parts, and the joyful parts, all have their beauty. I’ve committed to finding and honoring the beautiful parts of my life that are demonized/attacked/maligned by society, but that’s not everyone’s path.

    take care.


  2. Max

    yes, to your concept.


    Emmet replied:

    Thank you very much! You should totally do one, too, if you have access to a camera and printer!


  3. Tab

    If it makes you feel any better, I think you’re really, really adorable. :3

    Promise me you won’t despair TOO much, okay? *makes you a hot cocoa* I know it’s difficult *wraps you in a blanket* and it’s okay to be angry sometimes *gives you a hug* but your core self is fine and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!


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