When most people think of gender, they think of a man and a woman with gender-specific roles and appearances. Men are tall, rugged, masculine. Women are small, soft, feminine. Society has taught us that gender is black or white; binary. But, what is it like to live outside of the societal norm where women are strong and men are sensitive, and roles are reversed?
Gender nonconforming or gender nonbinary are both terms used to describe an individual who identifies unexclusively as male or female. Nonbinary genders may express themselves as both female and male, or neither.
Photographer, Chloe Aftel, photographed her first subject in 2012, and found herself fascinated with binarism. She was fascinated by the exploratory nature of her models as they searched for their identities rather than succombed to what was given at birth. Her first shoot was the beginning of a series, where Chloe would spend the next six years photographing people for her book, Outside & In Between.