I am fascinated with people and have a genuine desire to understand them deeply. I am inspired to make positive images of socially disadvantaged people from sectors of society that are often discriminated against or ignored. My aim is to improve community perceptions by presenting difficult issues with sensitivity, dignity and respect using the genres of portraiture and social concern documentary.
Little attention has been paid to photographing people with disabilities. In the early 1970s Diane Arbus’s images of people with intellectual disabilities were made at a time when institutions were closing and implementing programs to return patients to the community. Disability became more visible in society. Attitudes to people with disabilities have slowly improved since then. They are now represented as part of society.
My latest series of images document the circumstances and social interactions of a group of people living with disabilities. I wish to encourage changes to societal norms by showing the achievements and challenges faced by the people in my photographs.
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