For the “What I Be Project” photographer Steve Rosenfield photographed those who have been stigmatized by life circumstances sporting the labels that have been hurled against them. We all face prejudices in some way, for some reason. Whether it’s the color of our skin, our class, the lifestyles we live, the choices we’ve made or some extenuating circumstance, you can be sure there is someone out there who doesn’t approve (unfortunately). On most days we can move passed this, we know it’s better to let the venom roll off our backs but sometimes the right words sting worse than any real poison.
The “What I Be Project” addresses not just who we are but how we appear to other people, in the worst ways. We may know in our hearts that something as incidental as our culture or abortion doesn’t define our entire self but god damn on some days it sure can feel like it. Check out more photographs over at “What I Be Project.“