Strike a pose: Photographer aims to show similarities through differences

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich--- It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and there's one photographer who's hoping to keep that conversation going through love and equality.

Keeghan Taylor,19, first got the idea for her photography project, "I am Human," in early January. She told FOX 17 she's working to change people's perceptions, one camera click at a time.

"I really was just fed up with society’s opinions of things, pushing them onto people, all the bias, segregation and all of that," said Taylor.

Taylor's family helped her buy a camera, and the rest was history. She soon started sharing the stories of those who've been mistreated, misunderstood, and misrepresented by society.

She took to social media to help spread the word.

Steph Messer, Androgynous

Steph Messer, Androgynous

"I really wanted everyone to realize we’re all human at the end of the day, despite our flaws or differences," Taylor said. "We’re all the same people underneath," she added.

Taylor has photographed tattoo artists, leukemia victims, psoriasis sufferers, even members of the transgender community.

Billy Meinke, Tattoo artist

Billy Meinke, Tattoo artist

Jay Morgan, 21, was one of Taylor's "I am Human" participants. His goal? "To spread awareness on transgenders and transitioning," he said, a process he began in January 2015 with testosterone shots. "I wasn’t sure if people were going to accept it. It’s really something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid."

Now, his dream is for everyone to accept him for who he is.

"I feel like there’s a lot of different things that divides us into categories," Morgan said. "It’s very important to respect other people whether or not you agree with what they’re doing."

And that's the dream Taylor is capturing through each photograph.

Jay Morgan, Transgender male

Jay Morgan, Transgender male

"I really enjoy the fact that I can meet all these new people and learn about their experiences and walk through life," Taylor said. "It’s really interesting to me and I like knowing I can make a difference with that."

Taylor hopes to enter her "I am Human" photography project into ArtPrize next year.

She posts all of her photos and stories on her photography page. If you want to share your story with Keeghan Taylor, click here.

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  • Not a democrat

    We are all human, difference is some are too lazy , ignorant, and ghetto to waste the air they breath, causing me to pay more taxes since politicians award the worthless .

  • Andrew

    Yes, we are all human. But our differences are what determine whether the human next to you is a psychopathic killer, a thief, a rapist, a drug addict, an illegal alien, a pimp, or any one of a hundred other threats to a peaceful society. Looking at people as if we are all the same is dangerous and foolish, which is why we have developed judgment and discrimination as natural human survival behaviors in the first place. The trick is to not use those tools recklessly or in a needlessly harmful manner. Sometimes that is possible, but many times it is not.

    • Andrew

      Jada, your perspective on discrimination is a negative one, and perhaps that is because of the environment in which you were raised. Perhaps it was full of only needless and reckless, hurtful discrimination. That is unfortunate, and regrettable. However, that does not change the truth of the matter. The truth is that is only one small type of discrimination, and that a vast majority of the discrimination which we as humans all engage in is positive and, as it happens, necessary. The problem is that the line between the types is not always clear and static. It is often fuzzy and dynamic. So we end up on the wrong side of it easily and often. All of us. And many people end up thinking that ALL discrimination is bad as a result. That is not correct. My point above was meant to illustrate that, but perhaps you missed it. Discrimination is not something which can or should be stopped. It is part of who we are as human beings, and we have to accept the bad along with the good. We should just be more careful with how we use it, and when we become the recipients of the negative kind we should be graceful about it because it isn’t always intentional.

      The efforts of this photographer are misguided and ignorant, and present human beings as something they are not.