“Soul Flower” by Photographer Tavon Taylor

Washington, DC-based photographer Tavon Taylor explores the multidimensionality of his identity as a black queer adult in his series, “Soul Flower.” Inspired by a past love and a past version of self, he leans into duality, wondering: “How do I distribute unconditional/uncensored love while also being in control?” The answer, for him, lies in letting go of societal constraints and finding strength in vulnerability. By allowing himself to accept the full range of his identity, he finds freedom and peace.

“I had to shed the idea that only allowed me to be one thing, which was already set by society,” he explains. “I decided to step away from the idea of being masked with intimidation. I think being silenced for so long showed me how to utilize silence in a way that captivates a tension that reveals its self constantly throughout life. This project represents growth and shows, the way to fully blossom is to stand firmly in openness.”

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