This ongoing project is about an overweight man I met at the Bikram yoga Centre. I was fascinated how a man of his size dared to participate in stretching exercises, in a sauna-like environment, wearing little more than a pair of swimming trunks. When I asked him about his motivations he answered, ‘I’m planning to transform from Buddha to Yogi.’

Since then we have embarked together on a 100 days Bikram yoga challenge (90 minutes of yoga a day, in a room that’s 40 degrees). A huge challenge, but by offering support and recording his progress, I am able to contribute to this mans health.

His own thoughts on this were, ‘It’s been as if I am carrying a woman along with me all my life, at least, the extra weight is always with me. And who knows, if I loose the weight, perhaps a real woman will come in its place.’

I’m aware of the thin line I’m walking on to realize this personal project. When do you come too close? These are the years to discover my own boundaries.

sir etok, 2018

…As soon as we sat down in our rental car we couldn’t stop fighting
Since we had nothing better to do
we just kept on driving
until there was no road to continue
Once we’d set up our tent
we found a small place to eat.
When the waiter brought us the catch of the day
he told us in broken English a little bit about this place
‘Shiretoko’, stemmed from the word ‘Sir Etok’ or
‘The end of the world’.

That evening
when the rain beat down on our tent
and wasn’t waterproof anymore
we crawled underneath the same sleeping bag
‘I love you’ he said.
‘I love you too, sir Etok’.
I guess we both didn’t want to admit it
at the time…but it really was
the end of the world.
Atleast the end of our world.