2010 Garden Gate. This was the year I began the Big O and the first picture I ever took of Shannon, at her home in Sheffield.
I met Shannon in 2010 in Sheffield and I have been photographing her ever since. Here you see a portrait from each year.
Photography and text by Abbie Trayler-Smith
When I first met Shannon, all she wanted was for people to experience her life before judging her.

I have been walking in her shoes for 10 years now. It has been an extraordinary journey; I have watched her grow from an awkward teenager into a beautiful young woman. And I have learned the importance and necessity of truly committing to your subject: of being vulnerable, being curious, being available. I have learned as much about myself as I have about Shannon and for this I will be forever grateful.
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