'You can only lie about who you are for so long without going crazy.'
Ellen Wittlinger, Parrotfish
It is fascinating to explore concepts, that although don't have a direct nexus, are innately connected. We all know there is no direct link between sexuality and gender, with one's physical appearance. Just because you have a penis or vagina, doesn't mean that you're attracted to people with the opposite body part, nor does it necessarily define you as male or female.
Yet, when our bodies don't match our mind and soul, a battle is waged. The battle is hard enough with society and those around us, but the biggest fight, one tragically not conquered by everyone, is of course, the battle within ourselves. Many people spend much of their lives attempting get both mind and body in sync. You can see the pain when someone's is struggling, and you an see the beauty, when the war has is won.
You can clearly see the beauty in Jayden's victory, in both his vibrant blue eyes and his smile. Jayden exudes a sexy confidence and attitude captured to perfection by Cooks Photography. When I was trying to decide what model to bug Hal about I couldn't get his shots of Jayden out of my head, and wanted to share the results of their work together. With 'first's a theme for the year, I couldn't think of a better model and shoot to spotlight.
Not only was this Jayden's very first time modeling professionally, it was the first time being photographed after his journey to sync up his heart, mind and body. Hal met Jayden through a mutual friend and a shoot was sent. Given Jayden's girlfriend came along to support him, Hal thought he would ask her support, at least her hands, in the shot below.