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Hello Mr. Issue 05: He Opened Up Somewhere Along the Eastern Shore

"Over the course of the next week and a half, Steven and I grew closer, and I shot a few pictures of him. The best ones were taken those first few days when I had no idea what I was doing. I was not sloppy as much as I was naïve and searching for a picture that would describe this new space that had opened up between the two of us. Watching Steven perform in front of my viewfinder felt right. He was a familiar foreigner. He seemed to be as curious about me as I was about him. Our picture sessions were like the first few dates of a promising relationship. We offered ourselves up wholly to the other person without concern or mediation. It was the safest I had felt with another man in a long time."

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a selection from the essay, "He Opened Up Somewhere Along the Eastern Shore" in Hello Mr. Issue 05.