Hello there.

I just wanted to thank everyone for their support of the new portrait series I am undertaking.

Beautiful in this Skin portrays subjects with dramatic, visible birthmarks and explores the effects this has had on their lives and psyches. This series celebrates these unique skin formations whilst also inspiring those, who may have a similar condition, to feel special and beautiful in their own skin.

Patience Hodgson, lead singer of the Australian band The Grates, grew up with a large, rare port wine stain birthmark, otherwise known as Klippel Trenaway Sydrome, covering half of her upper body…

and she calls it her protective barrier…. her very own super-power : ).


“I love my birthmark’s spectrum of colour. When I’m warm it’s a kind of red-purple, like the colour of some plums and when I’m cold it’s a vivid, almost neon blue. I also like how it’s a kind of protective barrier protecting me against non-accepting and unthoughtful people.”  Patience


Thank you for all the comments and emails I have received so far and another big thank you to those who have spread the word.

The extremely popular facebook page Everyone Matters shared the project which received an overwhelming response…. over 3800 ‘likes’ and 900+ shares.

Lovely Peppermint Magazine & Design For Mankind kindly posted an article on their blogs …

Also many thanks to ABC radio for inviting Patience, dermatologist Amanda Dore and I to their studios to have a conversation with Rebecca Levingston about the project and birthmarks in general. Even though I was really nervous – it was great and I learnt so much about birthmarks from Amanda and even more about Patience’s story of growing up with her birthmark.

The popular Channel Ten TV show Can of Worms recently featured Patience with the topic ‘Does society care too much about how we look’? as a result of coming across this portrait … I’m so glad her perspective was shared with a large audience.

The fact that Patience sees her birthmark as a SUPER-POWER not a disability is inspiring many, many people and a great response has followed all of these features!

I have had many enquiries from all over the world and I am currently looking into attaining some sponsorship to be able to travel to them all or even possibly collaborating with other photographers to take the portraits.


Feel free to share your story in an email to info@natmccomas.com

Please be patient with my response…. projects like these do not happen overnight and I am doing the best I can to reply to all the comments, messages and emails I am receiving.

I have also created a Facebook group to help us stay connected.


You may be interested in another lovely venture by Martha and Grant Griffin. They have written a lovely children’s book called ‘Sam’s Birthmark’ which will be on sale soon. For more info check out this page.