Those that surround me is a series of portraits made in uncertain times and on contested land. The protagonists within this narrative are people I know and engage through photography and conversation. They are representative of myself and open to challenging sanctioned and sanitised notions of identity. Through it’s relationship with history and technology, photography is unequivocally an instrument of power and often used for control. Those that surround me seeks to undermine this dynamic through a methodological process of collaboration between photographer and subject. Autonomy and vulnerability is further examined by a written representation authored by the sitter that accompanies each photograph initiating a dialogue between image and text. The work is made with an empathetic gaze from the perspective of an adoptee diagnosed with depression, and someone who importantly acknowledges they are living on stolen land.