The man who captured this image, who goes by the name ‘vast’, was taken by photographer Vest and is now in the process of trying to find his identity.
Vast is an avid photographer and has previously shot images for the Huffington Post, CNN and Time magazine.
He first started taking photos as a teenager, and says he’s spent years exploring his inner beauty.
“I always loved being in the nude, so when I first started photographing myself, I thought it would be a cool way to get in the mood,” he says.
“The more I photographed myself, the more I realised I could actually get a lot more expression out of it.”
Vast first started capturing his own photos in his teens, but as time went on, he began to feel more comfortable sharing his images online, and started uploading them to his Instagram account.
He’s since uploaded a total of 8,500 images, with the most recent one coming in at 2,500.
“A lot of people are really into me because I’m a really well-known, well-behaved person, but also because of my age,” he explains.
‘It’s been a bit surreal’ When he first uploaded his first image, Vast was just starting out in his career as a photographer. “
My main interest is what people are doing to me, and that I can show them that it doesn’t matter if I’m young, old or in the middle of nowhere.”
‘It’s been a bit surreal’ When he first uploaded his first image, Vast was just starting out in his career as a photographer.
“One day I was on my way home and I was looking at the street and I saw someone wearing a dress and I thought, ‘That’s so weird,'” he recalls.
“The main thing that drew me to photography was the idea of seeing my own skin,” he adds. “
At the time, I was just getting my first photos done, but I have to admit, the reaction has been a little surreal.”
“The main thing that drew me to photography was the idea of seeing my own skin,” he adds.
“When I first saw the dress, it was like, ‘Oh, I can do that.'”
While Vast has only shot around 10 images, he has been inspired by a number of other famous people who have taken photos of themselves in their own clothes.
For example, there’s the former pop star and model Chrissie Hynde who posted a selfie with her boyfriend wearing a T-shirt and a pair of trainers.
And it’s the singer/songwriter Simon Cowell who has become a celebrity for his photos of himself wearing a bikini, with a message written on the back of the shirt: “I’m not ashamed.”
The idea behind the T-shirts was to promote his ‘Selfie Project’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness about bullying and abuse.
“It’s such a huge part of my life that I am constantly being judged and it’s something I really struggle with, and I think it’s important that I have a platform to voice that,” Vast explains.
‘I just want people to know they can be themselves’ While the images have sparked an outpouring of support on social media, Vaster believes the images aren’t just for him, but for all people who find themselves in a similar situation.
“People get judged for everything, and it is really important that people recognise that it’s OK to be yourself, that they can still be themselves,” he tells Vulture.
“For me, I just want them to know that it is OK to love who they are and it can all be okay.”
‘I have a sense of humour’ Vaster says he loves the opportunity to tell stories that are different to the ones he’s chosen to share.
“If you are an ordinary person, you don’t really care about what others think of you,” he reveals.
“So when you take something that is kind, that you love, that really is a great moment for me.” “
Vaster has also become a member of the ‘Love is Beautiful’ Facebook group, which has become one of his favourite sites to share his work. “
So when you take something that is kind, that you love, that really is a great moment for me.”
Vaster has also become a member of the ‘Love is Beautiful’ Facebook group, which has become one of his favourite sites to share his work.
“To see the likes and the comments on my photos and videos is really rewarding, and sometimes the comments just add to the sense of wonder and wonderment,” he laughs.
“Sometimes it’s even nice to get people to see my work on a wider scale, to see what others are getting at and the beauty in it.”
‘No matter how old I get, I’m still a kid’ Vast says his favourite part about the process is when people are willing to take his pictures.
“They’re actually really accepting and caring about the image, and they