Boys Like Me
My book contains beautiful black and white photos that show how I have struggled over the past 20 years with sincere feelings that I couldn’t express anywhere else. The book has about 120 pages wrapped in a softcover. The first edition only contains 65 books, since printing them is highly expensive.
Do you know my feeling? Homosexuality has often been in the news in the recent years, usually because of violence against gay people. But how is it when you grow up as a gay teenager in the last few years?
It wasn’t until I was 38 that I felt safe enough to get out of the closet. Yet I still found it a difficult subject to talk about, but through my photography I could express myself better. That’s why I made my photo book “Boys Like Me”.
“Boys Like Me” is about me and how I felt, growing up as a teenager. As my longing for boys grew, it was in contradiction with my attempts to meet the expectations of people around me. I didn’t feel safe anywhere and walked away from myself. Where others proudly told about their first girlfriend, I avoided any question about it. What remained was frustration, sorrow and anger for who I was.
All the photos from "Boys Like Me"
The available books where sold out really fast, but underneath you can see the photos that I have used in the book. You can click or swipe through them as you like. Some of the photos have also been used in expositions and are available at Zerp Gallery in Rotterdam.
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Check our promotional video, before we launched the book.