See Me

Essay 279 • Apr 18th 2018

The world we live in is a kaleidoscope of people from diverse backgrounds and walks of life.

How we look like in the eyes of someone else doesn’t always reflect the many similarities we might share on a human level. As humans, we are not perfect but we do share more than we know. This series is asking the viewer to put away any their preconceived ideas. It is asking them to feel without judgment. It is asking them to wonder what the person in the picture might have in common with themselves.

Each and every person that posed for me that day was so incredibly beautiful inside and out. They let me see their vulnerable side and trusted me to let me in and capture them beyond their physical self. I wanted to share a bit of whom they are beyond the surface through this portrait editorial.

“See me, beyond my differences, my face, my body, my gender, my race, or my age. Please see me for who I truly am inside and not who you think I might be"


Djeneba Aduayom

After a long career as a dancer and being lucky enough to work around the world with artists such as Tina Turner, Robbie Williams, Diana Ross, Prince to name a few, I moved into photography a few years ago and brought my love of movement, performance, and emotion into my images.
I draw upon my cultural mix of French, Italian and African heritage to create and translate my vision in multiple ways. I love to explore various subjects with a mix of portraiture and fashion and sometimes art. My worldwide travels inspire me to integrate various landscapes into my photography and generate a connection between places and people when possible.

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