In This Skin / Part I
I just wanted to thank everyone for their support of the new photography series I am undertaking.
In this Skin portrays subjects with prominent 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.
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 popular facebook page Everyone Matters shared the project which received an overwhelming response…. over 3800 ‘likes’ and 900+ shares.
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 and gather their amazing stories.
* You may be interested in another birthmark venture by Martha and Grant Griffin. They have written a lovely children’s book called ‘Sam’s Birthmark’ is currently on sale. For more info check out this page.
* Here is a short, but very sweet, interview with Claire & Monica about Monica's birthmark.
On my previous website this blog post received 700+ facebook shares