As a photographer, I have been humbled and honored to be invited into aspects of people's lives that are often, intentionally, kept most hidden. This is often because of fear, stigma, discrimination and shame. I am able to bare witness to this pain, create space for it, and empathetically experience elements of its impact. As people brought these “hidden parts” out into the open, they are able to put down the weight, if only for a brief period of time. Temporarily, the burden is shared, and in turn lightened. It is a powerful process, which requires intentionality, trust, rapport and a safe environment.