In a world where we take more photos of ourselves than could ever be necessary, one young man has turned the selfie tradition on its head.
According to Huffington Post Jamie Raines began taking testosterone in January 2012, at the age of 18, in order to begin his Female To Male tradition. Every day for three years, Raines, now 21-years-old, took a selfie to document the effect testosterone treatment had on his transition.
He ended up with over 1,400 selfies. But much more important than that statistic, is the story that these photographs tell.
Raines told Femail, “Growing in confidence and feeling more and more comfortable in myself has been a hugely exciting experience. The changes in how I feel about myself have been amazing.”
You can see Jamie’s transition timelapse video here (post continues after video):
Raines has also undergone a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on his chest. But the process has been much longer than three years. Raines recounts first realising his gender and his body were incompatible: “I remember thinking I was just like any other boy. Then as I grew older I realised more and more that I was different.”
“I remember getting a haircut when I was around eight,” Raines tells Femail, “and afterwards turning to my mum and asking if I looked like a boy now. I felt like one and wanted to make sure I looked like one too.”