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Between

In dialogue with fellow photographer Samantha Geballe, I was compelled to make an image responding to the criticisms our bodies provoke. Between our backs runs a line, a connection to an experience we both carry in the body. We know what it is to be scorned by those looks both of disgust and “concern.” Between us, we confront the gaze – there is nothing to hide. To carry ourselves in a body devalued by society can often be lonesome. Between us is a conversation, a united understanding of what we fight for. Neither of us can win at the game of impossible standards. Between us is not a before and after. We are told to shrink ourselves, to apologize. Between us we take the space we are told we don’t deserve.