Bouchard’s classical approach in these works highlights the normality of each portrait. Bouchard has spent more than three years researching this reality and meeting members of this community. His subjects traveled from all over the world to his studio located in Montreal. Photo shoots were also held in New York City and Los Angeles. By spending time with people at different stages of their transition, Bouchard discovered the vast complexity of the processes and transformations that female-to-males have had to undergo in their quest for physical and psychological self-alignment. But as the photographer puts it: « One thing is very simple and straightforward; I could have been roommates with any of these guys and never for a moment thought to question that they were anything other than men. Trust me, it never crosses your mind to say ‘she’ instead of ‘he’. Very quickly, you just see a person; one with dreams, aspirations, and challenges many of us share. » - Jean-François Bouchard
“My name is Jody Rose Helfand, and I am someone who changed my female body to match my male soul. I am also a professor, an author, and a professional keynote speaker. I’ve been perceived in this world first as female, with a female socialization, and second as male, with no socialization. I learned how to move in the world as a male, while being careful not to abandon the “female” self, because within my male soul and outer male expression, there is a desire for polarity-- the balance of feminine and masculine. I am someone who had to destroy myself before finding myself. I worked within the confines of the sinister -- constructed labels and categories that can limit the Soul’s true expression. I deconstructed and reconstructed, while speaking my truth and listening to my heart. When I did this, intense relief and a deep sense of inner peace followed.”
Jody Rose Helfand, 2014
“As I enter my 52nd year, I have to look back on my life so far as a non-conformist. From childhood years where I was simply labeled a “tomboy” for refusing to entertain girls’ toys or clothing; through school years when I was something of a loner and a misfit with transient friends; on to a life as a music journalist after leaving school; then finding my niche as a bodybuilding writer in my early 20s… definitely a life spent defying expectations. I never really examined my “body image”; I always considered myself male… though when I encountered puberty, I did turn to anorexia to thwart my body’s attempt to develop more female attributes. Luckily, I discovered the healthier way in bodybuilding when I was around 18 (having started working out when I was 15). Funny thing is, when I was asked this for an interview with the bodybuilding media a couple of years ago, my venture into bodybuilding was never to create a more masculine appearance. In my head, I was just creating the body that made my relationship with the mirror more comfortable. I officially transitioned three years ago, though I have been viewed by most as male since I was a baby – even the minister at my christening made the “error” of using the male version of my given name Karen, calling me Kieran, and having to be corrected by my mother. At the end of last year I had chest surgery, something I thought would never happen in my lifetime, but the same friend who supported and encouraged my transition also paved the way for this to happen. I owe a great debt of thanks to her and she will always have my heart. So consider me to be simply a man with a vagina… and someone who, following my transition, is finally comfortable in his own skin.”
Lee Penman, 2014
Only one thing matters in our lives, and it’s to be happy in our own skin. Once that happens, everything is so simple. We hide to make others happy, but it’s so much easier to listen to ourselves; we become more serene and we let go of all these useless things that always end up smothering us.” 
Julian, 201
 “The tattoo means strong, because I have to be. I started my transition at 30 years of age. Five and a half years of  weekly injections, two surgeries, and I now finally feel comfortable in my body. I can’t imagine it was ever any other   way.” 
  Alex S., 2014
 “The tattoo means strong, because I have to be. I started my transition at 30 years of age. Five and a half years of  weekly injections, two surgeries, and I now finally feel comfortable in my body. I can’t imagine it was ever any other   way.” 
  Alex S., 2014
“I started HRT (hormone replacement therapy) on February 3, 2013. I purposely chose the date to be exactly one month before my birthday to make it easier to remember. I was a little doubtful that I’d see many changes because I already had an androgynous appearance from the beginning. I could even grow a visible mustache! However, as the months flew by, I started to see my body finally... change, mature, and fit the man residing inside of it. My confidence spiked and I found myself talking more since I actually liked the way my voice sounded. I started exercising more intensely to get in the best shape possible to prepare for top surgery (which I hope to obtain in the near future). Now I am currently raising funds for surgery by selling my artwork and I am also in the process of having my name legally changed.The road has not been easy and there have been many moments in the past when I considered turning back. I lost my whole family and many people who I thought would be supportive with my transition. Now, when I see how happy I am and where I am with the people I’m with, I can’t help but only continue moving forward. I’ve worked too hard to get to this point and turn back now.” 
Isaac, 2014
“I spent the first 30 years of my life not wanting to be here and unable to imagine growing old. Now I have another chance at life. There is so much living to do, I almost don’t want to sleep. No matter how joyful or painful, beautiful or challenging, every day is a gift.” -
Joshua, 2014
“Transition…Transform…Transpire…Translate…Transcend…I am in continuous and fluid motion embodying transition, translation, transformation, and transcendence. I am intuiting, interpreting, inventing, and re-inventing the past, the present, and the future. As an indigenous individual of transition and transformation, culture is in translation, transcendence of mind, body, and spirit.” -
Laurie, 2014
“I’ve always seen myself as a tomato. A tomato because it’s an in-between: it’s not exactly a fruit, not exactly a vegetable. Far from me to say that I’m a vegetable, but rather the best of both worlds. For a long time, I saw my difference as a burden that I would carry all my life, until the day I understood that I was in possession of a special power. The power to transform what I thought was my biggest weakness, into my biggest strength.” 
Zach, 2014
“I am Zion Hasani Rogers, born and raised in the heart of San Francisco. My transition has allowed me to feel ONE in my own skin. I was asked to write a few words about my transition process. You’d think that would be simple considering it’s commanded such a significant portion of my attention for more than ten years of my life. Still, I find it difficult to articulate a process that to an outsider probably looks like a complete physical, medical, and social upheaval of everything I’ve ever been. My mother tells me she is frustrated because I “want to become a different person,” my friends have struggled to accept the “new me,” I’ve been congratulated for my courage and for changing everything “visible” about my life. I don’t think that any of those things reflect my journey.” 
Zion, 2014
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