Despite being a trained actor and a relatively comfortable public speaker, I'm still an incredibly shy and introverted person. I'm perfectly happy behind the camera, but I don't often stand in front of one.
Tet recently I was at a leather dance party, and a photographer whose work I greatly admire specifically singled me out and asked to photograph me. I was wearing little more than a band of rubber, a hat and some electrical tape.
Two days later, photos from the party had hit the papers and I found that I was featured in 4 photos!
I judged them harshly to begin with. But as I did I asked myself why I was being so hard on myself. Why couldn't I see the beauty that excited the photographer so much? I've never seen myself as attractive - it's just not how I feel. But I realised that was the day to challenge my distorted view of myself. So I did what I never do - I posted the pictures publically. That's a big step for me. Rather ironic that I'm always showing and telling people how beautiful they are, and yet I can't see myself that way.