What I Be Project: Stunning Portraits of People Revealing Their Darkest Insecurities


The “What I Be Project” is a photgraphy series by Steve Rosenfield in which subjects were asked to reveal their deepest insecurities. The result is a set of powerful portraits that not only show the physical appearances of people but their emotional and psychological state as well.

As Rosenfield puts it, “In today’s society, we are told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these ‘standards,’ we are often judged, ridiculed, and sometimes even killed over them. I started this project in hopes to open up the lines of communication, and to help everyone accept diversity with an open mind & heart. Each person that takes part in the project is extremely courageous! They are putting their insecurities out in the open, and exposing a side of themselves that nobody has seen before. By stating ‘I am not my_____,’ they are claiming that they do in fact struggle with these issues, but it does not define who they are as a person.”

1. “I am not my abortion”

I am not my abortion

2. “I am not my acne”

I am not my acne

3. “I am not my addiction”

I am not my addiction