Boys do cry






“I have not yet taken
my final form
But I’m also not
who I was when I was born
Awaiting times
for times to change
Until that time
I will be strange”
- Chris


The series 'Boys do cry' paints a portrait of a boy from Amsterdam who identifies as a man, but is born in a body that does not rhyme with this identity.









For Chris, his vulnerability is an important part of his identity. Chris is a boy, and he does cry. He is not afraid of being judged by society for opening up. In my opinion, his ability and will to show his feelings, makes him even stronger and inspiring for other female to male transgenders.

Although being transgender is undeniably part of Chris' identity, It is not emphasized in the series. It is Chris' strong personality and attitude to life that makes him a highly inspiring and powerful person.


Since 2014 until 2019 I have photographed Chris frequently, mostly during crucial moments in his life, such as right after Chris was evicted and ended up in a small caravan, but also mere days after his bottom surgery. When I asked Chris in 2014 to portray him, I didn’t know that we would become such close friends. I myself choose not to open up about my past. For my work as a photographer, I consider it as non-relevant whether I am intersex, cis- or transgender. Nevertheless it did strengthen my relationship with Chris that we shared some experiences. It made that we felt comfortable with each other. For Chris, to let me come very close with my camera, even when he felt most vulnerable. For me as a maker, to share with the world a story that is so close to my heart.
- Prins de Vos


“My future, you know, I cannot predict it
My fucking head is so fucking conflicted
I’m addicted
I know I should fix it
All options constricted
All sorts of negativity depicted
But it’s already scripted
I will always be wicked
- Chris







Mark