When I first saw this photo, I thought oh yeah, this is what people see when they look at me out in the world. My face - usually what people rely on for personhood and humanity (fucked up by itself as a concept) - fades into the background, out of focus. I'm reduced to one part of my body that flows out and over some boundary. I know that this is what people see, or at least some people, because it's what I used to see when I looked at fat people. And in a weird way, it's still what I see sometimes, but in a different context: I notice it as familiar, as home, as a kindred body, even if the mind that rides in it isn't in agreement with me about how wonderful that is.
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