Once a social experiment, the What I Be Project has developed into what Steve Rosenfield now dubs “a global movement about honesty and empowerment.”
After years of working a 9-5 job in IT, Rosenfield came to the realization that he was unhappy. In 2002 he quit and spent four years traveling the world. Planting roots in California in 2006, he embarked on a career in photography. Kicking off this project in 2011, Rosenfield’s series draws attention to the universal insecurities faced by all human beings. It’s an honest, open, and quite astonishing display of his subjects’ expression that life ‘failings’ do not define who you are.
“I started this project in hopes to open up the lines of communication,” he states, “to help everyone accept diversity with an open mind and heart and empower those who feel they suffer for something they may see as a flaw.”
Rosenfield encourages viewers to take time looking through the collection and imagine themselves in each individual’s position. “You may see yourself within one of the photos,” he concludes.
The What I Be Project includes over 1,000 portraits — visit the collection to see the entirety of Rosenfield’s current work.