To move through the world unburdened by pretense or affectation is something I admire. I've always had an affinity for people who refuse to conform. While I'm repelled by that phony, "pseudo-rebellious" kind of non-conformity manifesting itself in ostentatious displays that desperately scream, "Hey! Look at me!", I'm drawn to the kind an artist might evince; the ability to be entirely and unabashedly one's self. In that vein, the following portrait series spotlights subjects all of whom self-identify as "peculiar", "strange" or "eccentric".
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