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I Am Beautiful

For a long time, I've been afraid that I could only photograph myself while feeling depressed. That I could only make self portraits driven by a deep feeling of self-hate. That only when hating myself, I could feel the urge to push those extreme feelings into my lens to feel a rare relief.

Right now, I feel better and feel an instinctive motivation to care for myself and for my body. And surprisedly, I kept making self-portraits. It's a year since I started photographing myself in a better state of mind and body. I discovered I can feel emotions like sensuality, femininity and pride. And again, I push deep emotions into my lens - now as a way of defining the love for myself.

2018