Dakota is half Turkish half Finnish transgender man who was born in Switzerland but raised by Finnish war veterans in a small town in Finland. He was a child that never knew how to adapt to the roles of society. He struggled with his intersectional identity, severe dyslexia and eating disorders in an environment that was not created to support him or to even see and recognise him.
He turned his struggles into his power, and today Dakota is well known as one of the most understanding, energetic and inspiring leaders who vibrates goodwill, confidence and passion for life. Now this unapologetic life enthusiast travels the world, consulting companies and communities about diversity, equality, human connections and inclusion. The hard road allowed him to develop an emotional awareness that led him to understand why people do what they do and what needs to control our behaviour. His intersectional identity and living outside the norms taught him how to create a deeper connection to the environment and others, true belonging.
Football was Dakota's live saviour and this story speaks up against the discrimination against transgender youths in sports and how terrible impact can have if we do not allow children to play together and belong.
This project is a celebration of the beauty of a transgender body and life. With this project, we want to share a unique and authentic story “how to grow from girl to a man, within all the vulnerability to be human.The shoot
An observational project celebrating where I live in Kingston Upon Thames depicting the colourful places and characters which make up this vibrant Borough.
I decided, whilst on the initial lockdown to pick up my camera and go explore the area I inhabit, a place where I usually do not have the time to immerse myself fully due to the usual daily life distractions. This time I observed the simplistic beauty literally through a different lens, studying the tree lined river banks that flank the tranquil waters which invite you to get lost in its nature whilst observing the lifestyles of the people that live amongst it.
Sunrises and sunsets seem more meaningful when you're present and the fast-paced nature of life ultimately is forced to slow down, something I will take away and implement forever, by the river.The shoot