The Naked Truth: Jim Howley
Jim was the first transgendered person I photographed for this photoessay. To recap once again: the Naked Truth was a 10-page photo essay I shot for the Advocate magazine on “Body Image.” We photographed about 30 individuals nude and then interviewed them about the experience and their thoughts on body image.
One thing I think most people will find interesting, if you watch the video interviews, is that the trans people we shot have all the same issues. Seems like this far into human existence we should all know “we all deal with the same shit” and therefore “we’re all pretty much the same” but of course, even I was more intrigued by our two trans models, not that I’m the pillar of acceptance (I at least like to think I am).
Jim was an interesting guy. He showed up on a bike (motorcycle) and I think we were on hold because of the previous interview, so the crew took a break to make phone calls and get some sun on the Schwabel Studio patio (also known as the curb). I’m not sure the photos do him justice, but he requested one of them be used for the Maury show, which he was appearing on about a month after the shoot. So thanks to Jim, I can now say one of my photos has been televised on the Maury Povich show. Rock. Thanks Jim!
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View Jim’s video interview below or click here if you’re catching this through an external feed. Just a reminder, the actual blog is located at schwabelstudio.com/blog.