11/20/2013 11:17 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

16 Beautiful Portraits Of Humans Who Happen To Be Trans

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I've been taking photographs for the greater part of my life. For the past seven years, I've used photography as a way to understand my own experience as a trans person and to look deeper into the lives of the people around me.

When asked to create a portfolio of transgender-specific portraits for the PolicyMic "Identities" section, I was excited for the opportunity to show my work to a new audience, but I was also nervous. It isn't my place to try and claim a trans identity for the people featured in my photographs. Some people have a gender identity that stays put. Some identities shift once and gradually settle in. Others have a fluid experience with their gender that perhaps falls somewhere on the trans spectrum. Personal identifications are complicated and can be easily misunderstood.

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