New series for 'the Project'
Jennifer- Brooklyn, US
I always hope that my photos match my subject’s personality, and this was certainly the case with Jennifer. There was something special about this girl. Growing up in the southern United States, Jennifer’s parents needed to protect their daughter from a culture that contrasted sharply to their own loving and hippie ways. Racism, sexism and homophobia were the order of the day. Her dad, a rock-and-roll kind of guy, used to sell comic books at the local flea markets. A passion that Jennifer clearly inherited. Her love of comics from the seventies, with drugs, sex and humor as recurring subjects, can be found everywhere in the apartment. Adding to this challenging environment, she was born with the Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which usually means a wheelchair-bound life. But her father did not give up and accompanied her with years of physical therapy and lifted her up in little leg braces. When she finally started walking, he immediately put her on roller skates so she could experience moving around freely and easily for the first time. Jennifer’s personality is a cocktail of all these experiences of her childhood, and it makes her the extraordinary person that she is today. Energetic, creative, and free of mind, with a little dark edge. But who wants to be normal anyway. I love her for it!