As a photographer and individual I’ve always been drawn to the reason we are who we are. In January of 2015 I was contacted by Alia Ismail, an Arab-American female who resided in Dearborn, Michigan. Alia and myself had gone through school together but didn’t know each other from more than a hello in the hallways. In our senior year of high school Alia came out to fellow classmates and friends as gay. Many friends and family in the Arab-American community were shocked and had a hard time comprehending the idea that Alia was gay. When we first sat down in January of 2015 Alia informed me that she had no longer felt like herself and was going to start the transition from female to male. We sat down in a small coffee shop and I was excited, nervous, and so intrigued by everything I was hearing, I was honored that Alia contacted me to document the transformation. Through this year and a half transition thus far I have witnessed and documented Alia transition to Issa, take his first testosterone shot, get top surgery, and finally becoming the person he had always felt he was. This journey is not yet over and will only grow even more with time. I now introduce to you Issa Ismail, a 21 year old Arab-American queer transman.
More images to follow after opening show on March 4th, 2016.