"In my mind, my own self-image, is the picture of Jennifer and some of the other girls I knew and admired back then. Girls I desperately wanted to be like. Wishing every day that I could be one of those awkward teenage girls instead of the awkward teenage boy I was pretending to be.” Lorelei, 2016   Years after I met her as a teenage boy named "Mac", I began the process of getting to know a woman named Lorelei.   GYRLE is an anecdotal observation into female gender expression.  Images from my personal archive paired with those of Lorelei’s new life, speak to our shared history while posing questions about the female archetype and our mutual experience with the idealistic pressures and rituals of being a woman.   With this work I hope to expand the way we perceive one another and reframe the idea of gender through our similarities rather than differences.  Image: Lorelei (Robert) and Jennifer

"In my mind, my own self-image, is the picture of Jennifer and some of the other girls I knew and admired back then. Girls I desperately wanted to be like. Wishing every day that I could be one of those awkward teenage girls instead of the awkward teenage boy I was pretending to be.” Lorelei, 2016

Years after I met her as a teenage boy named "Mac", I began the process of getting to know a woman named Lorelei. 

GYRLE is an anecdotal observation into female gender expression.

Images from my personal archive paired with those of Lorelei’s new life, speak to our shared history while posing questions about the female archetype and our mutual experience with the idealistic pressures and rituals of being a woman. 

With this work I hope to expand the way we perceive one another and reframe the idea of gender through our similarities rather than differences.

Image: Lorelei (Robert) and Jennifer

 Lorelei, in need of treatment / 2013

Lorelei, in need of treatment / 2013

 Jennifer (age 10), imitating Cyndi Lauper  Lorelei, making cosmetic choices / 2012

Jennifer (age 10), imitating Cyndi Lauper

Lorelei, making cosmetic choices / 2012

 Lorelei, reflecting / 2013

Lorelei, reflecting / 2013

 Lorelei, in the Florida sun / 2013

Lorelei, in the Florida sun / 2013

 Jennifer (age 12), at a graduation party  Lorelei, at Payless Shoes / 2014

Jennifer (age 12), at a graduation party

Lorelei, at Payless Shoes / 2014

 Lorelei, at the Salvation Army / 2014

Lorelei, at the Salvation Army / 2014

 Lorelei, in the backyard / 2016

Lorelei, in the backyard / 2016

 Jennifer (age 11), relaxing in her bedroom  Lorelei, an artist’s model / 2016

Jennifer (age 11), relaxing in her bedroom

Lorelei, an artist’s model / 2016

 Lorelei, in the garden with Sky / 2012

Lorelei, in the garden with Sky / 2012

 Lorelei, on the beach / 2013

Lorelei, on the beach / 2013

 Jennifer (age 12)  Lorelei, after a close shave / 2012

Jennifer (age 12)

Lorelei, after a close shave / 2012

 Lorelei, with Alex / 2014

Lorelei, with Alex / 2014

 Lorelei, during Fetish Night / 2014

Lorelei, during Fetish Night / 2014

 Jennifer (age 14), on a hotel balcony  Lorelei, straight from the tap / 2016

Jennifer (age 14), on a hotel balcony

Lorelei, straight from the tap / 2016

 Lorelei, as the season changes / 2012

Lorelei, as the season changes / 2012

 Jennifer (age 17), dressed for senior prom  Lorelei, crowning Miss Trans New England / 2012

Jennifer (age 17), dressed for senior prom

Lorelei, crowning Miss Trans New England / 2012

  Lorelei, collecting shells / 2013

 Lorelei, collecting shells / 2013

 Lorelei, with her mother / 2013

Lorelei, with her mother / 2013

 Jennifer (age 6), before the recital  Lorelei, two-time pageant winner / 2012

Jennifer (age 6), before the recital

Lorelei, two-time pageant winner / 2012

  "In my mind, my own self-image, is the picture of Jennifer and some of the other girls I knew and admired back then. Girls I desperately wanted to be like. Wishing every day that I could be one of those awkward teenage girls instead of the awkward teenage boy I was pretending to be.” Lorelei, 2016   Years after I met her as a teenage boy named "Mac", I began the process of getting to know a woman named Lorelei.   GYRLE is an anecdotal observation into female gender expression.  Images from my personal archive paired with those of Lorelei’s new life, speak to our shared history while posing questions about the female archetype and our mutual experience with the idealistic pressures and rituals of being a woman.   With this work I hope to expand the way we perceive one another and reframe the idea of gender through our similarities rather than differences.  Image: Lorelei (Robert) and Jennifer
 Lorelei, in need of treatment / 2013
 Jennifer (age 10), imitating Cyndi Lauper  Lorelei, making cosmetic choices / 2012
 Lorelei, reflecting / 2013
 Lorelei, in the Florida sun / 2013
 Jennifer (age 12), at a graduation party  Lorelei, at Payless Shoes / 2014
 Lorelei, at the Salvation Army / 2014
 Lorelei, in the backyard / 2016
 Jennifer (age 11), relaxing in her bedroom  Lorelei, an artist’s model / 2016
 Lorelei, in the garden with Sky / 2012
 Lorelei, on the beach / 2013
 Jennifer (age 12)  Lorelei, after a close shave / 2012
 Lorelei, with Alex / 2014
 Lorelei, during Fetish Night / 2014
 Jennifer (age 14), on a hotel balcony  Lorelei, straight from the tap / 2016
 Lorelei, as the season changes / 2012
 Jennifer (age 17), dressed for senior prom  Lorelei, crowning Miss Trans New England / 2012
  Lorelei, collecting shells / 2013
 Lorelei, with her mother / 2013
 Jennifer (age 6), before the recital  Lorelei, two-time pageant winner / 2012

"In my mind, my own self-image, is the picture of Jennifer and some of the other girls I knew and admired back then. Girls I desperately wanted to be like. Wishing every day that I could be one of those awkward teenage girls instead of the awkward teenage boy I was pretending to be.” Lorelei, 2016

Years after I met her as a teenage boy named "Mac", I began the process of getting to know a woman named Lorelei. 

GYRLE is an anecdotal observation into female gender expression.

Images from my personal archive paired with those of Lorelei’s new life, speak to our shared history while posing questions about the female archetype and our mutual experience with the idealistic pressures and rituals of being a woman. 

With this work I hope to expand the way we perceive one another and reframe the idea of gender through our similarities rather than differences.

Image: Lorelei (Robert) and Jennifer

Lorelei, in need of treatment / 2013

Jennifer (age 10), imitating Cyndi Lauper

Lorelei, making cosmetic choices / 2012

Lorelei, reflecting / 2013

Lorelei, in the Florida sun / 2013

Jennifer (age 12), at a graduation party

Lorelei, at Payless Shoes / 2014

Lorelei, at the Salvation Army / 2014

Lorelei, in the backyard / 2016

Jennifer (age 11), relaxing in her bedroom

Lorelei, an artist’s model / 2016

Lorelei, in the garden with Sky / 2012

Lorelei, on the beach / 2013

Jennifer (age 12)

Lorelei, after a close shave / 2012

Lorelei, with Alex / 2014

Lorelei, during Fetish Night / 2014

Jennifer (age 14), on a hotel balcony

Lorelei, straight from the tap / 2016

Lorelei, as the season changes / 2012

Jennifer (age 17), dressed for senior prom

Lorelei, crowning Miss Trans New England / 2012

 Lorelei, collecting shells / 2013

Lorelei, with her mother / 2013

Jennifer (age 6), before the recital

Lorelei, two-time pageant winner / 2012

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