dis[ABILITIES]

by Rachelle Leon

Artists Reception, First Friday, October 5, 5-8 PM

Artwork will be on display from 10/1/18 - 11/30/18.

Artist Statements:

In her latest photography series dis[ABILITIES], Rachelle Leon set out to photograph others who live with disabilities and/or illnesses, including herself. Before she embarked on this endeavor, she didn’t expect to develop friendships and an extended support system. But she did. Getting to know her models made them that much more beautiful and stronger in her eyes.

Her inspiration for this series comes from her own experiences living with MS and the disabilities that come from that.

After she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis she noticed a huge disconnect between herself and the outside world. She began to listen to others with disabilities and quickly learned that the world was not very accessible for those who were living with illnesses and disabilities. From social lives, to medical hurdles, to general handicap accessibility, to being judged.

She wanted to create this photography series to empower those living with disabilities and illnesses. Along with the photos, each model was asked to write something about their disabilities and/or illnesses that they wished others to know. These will be displayed next to each portrait.

“Many people don't fully grasp what we do on a daily basis to live our lives, especially if it's an invisible illness...I want to showcase the strength, struggles, achievements, and lives of people with disabilities so others have more of an understanding. I want to open up a dialog, no matter how pleasant or uncomfortable.”

At the opening reception there will be a raffle to win original photography prints by the Artist. All hung photographs will be available for purchase.

A portion of all sales will be donated to the National MS Society.

For more information on the photographer please visit:
http://rachelleleonphotography.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/rachelleleonphotography
https://www.patreon.com/rachelleleonphotography