Tai Hirayama

When I was six, while the other boys played soccer, I was put into ballet school. 

“I Do It For You” draws from my personal history and reconciliation with contemporary masculinity. 

I know desperation, alongside fear, alongside anger and so do you. 

Dancing in harmony amid the violence.

Taking care.

Tai Hirayama (b. Tokyo, Japan) is a photographer focused on capturing the tender spaces that are often lost between mundanity and chaos.

Poem excerpted from “In A Dream I Watch UFC With You” (2022) by Kaylee Young-Eun Jeong