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Los Angeles-based photographer Samantha Geballe has captured a series of stunning self-portraits that rawly reveal her emotional journey towards accepting her own body. Self-Untitled is a truly intimate journal of struggle, acceptance and finally change.

“This is not another fat kid’s story.  There are times when I do assume that role but it does not define me.  I don’t have the body I have for no reason but it would be all too easy to extend blame. What people don’t often see are the functions of obesity.  I hide behind my size, mask vulnerabilities, and create walls as a way to protect myself.  Something I have learned and portray in my art is that being vulnerable and forming connection have created new function and even healing.  I share my body and my story not as a way to seek pity or define myself as a number, but as a venue for a viewer to say “I’ve been there too.”

I take self-portraits as a way to reverse perspective from how I see myself to my interpretation of how I am seen by others.  This body of work represents the feeling that interpretation provokes.  This work does not exclusively relate to obesity or size.  It is also about misuse of a human and not being seen as such.  This is a body of work that requires fearlessness.  I have had to set my fears aside in order to convey my intended message.  I think judgment derives from lack of information, meaning – when we don’t know the whole story, we fill in the missing pieces with our own knowledge.  I think the reason we fight as a community is that we dissociate from humanity, not allowing ourselves to really know a person is a person,” she explains.

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