Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Real Photographer

If you haven't had a chance recently, head over to the talented photographer Jody McKee Portrait Project site. Here's how Jody describes her Portrait Project:
I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2008 and started this portrait project of people who have RA and other autoimmune diseases as a way to cope with my illness and spread awareness about invisible illnesses.  My hope for this project is to show the world that there are a lot of younger people out there who are dealing with complicated and often painful chronic illnesses.  Also, I think it is so important for the newly diagnosed to be able to see all of these beautiful, happy faces and know that they are not alone. 
The Portrait Project not only shows the faces of these beautiful, happy people, it also offers a deeper portrait of their personalities and strengths, which can be seen in their interviews. Here's a quote from Jody's most recent interview of Adina, who deals daily with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis:
Living with this has changed my lifestyle and how I do things, but not what I do or who I am.
Find out what Adina and all of the other young project participants have to say. It's an inspiring read.

2 comments:

Jenny Pettit said...

Oh this sounds RIGHT up UII's alley! I'll have to look at this in full later today. Thanks Julia!

Jazzcat said...

Thanks ! It's a wonderfull project and I would have not been aware of it without you.

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