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Follow A Skier’s Journey to Find Himself in New Film “Out West”

Stephen Shelesky, a skier, photographer, and gay man went from using photography to hide to becoming the instrument that allowed him to express his true self

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Filmed and directed by Susie Theis, with support from Sofia Jaramillo and editing by Jack Hessler, “Out West” details the story of how Stephen Shelesky, a skier, photographer, and gay man who went from using photography to hide to becoming the instrument that allowed him to embrace, love, and express his true self.

For a long time, photography helped Shelesky deny who he was. It was a distraction and an outlet for an internal struggle around his sexuality. This all changed when he found himself in Jackson, Wyoming.

“Out West” is a film about Shelesky’s journey to find the courage, confidence, and community needed to embrace his sexuality and be himself. We could be happier he’s part of our community. Read our extended interview with the rising photographer here.