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Texas Isaiah, My Grandson’s Stretch (Capricorn Moon), 2016, ink-jet print, 20 × 30".

TO BEGIN, I must disclose that Texas Isaiah has photographed me at some of my most vulnerable moments. He has photographed me topless. He photographed me right after I got engaged (a fact that was, at the time, unknown to him), and when I was heartbroken after things ended. On a few birthdays. With lovers. He photographed me earlier this year in Los Angeles, while I was in hiding, battling crippling anxiety. I was hopeful, nervous, and afraid. In his image I look exactly like I felt. It’s one of the most honest portraits ever taken of me.

Texas Isaiah feels you as much as he sees you.

The thing that most stands out to me about his work is the consent. His sitters know they are being photographed, and they look at him with eyes that answer the questions he proposes.

How do you feel?

A softening of the eye.

What does this experience mean to you?

An exhale.

Texas Isaiah, My Name Is My Name I, 2016, ink-jet print, 20 × 30".

All caught on camera

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