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    • You have to be very careful. The greatest thing is to create a very safe environment, and make sure the images are used to really celebrate diversity, without restriction. The exploitation is so far removed, because in the old days, when they would photograph a kid, those were exploitative photographs -with a black bar across the eyes to protect their privacy. But now families chase me, asking for photographs, because nobody wants to be seen as a disease or diagnoses. ALWAYS as a person. So the exploitation is gone, because we aren’t selling product, we aren’t selling images - the images are given to RAISE awareness on a big scale. To create opportunities so we can break through the exploitation’s, the negative things of the past. To see the beauty of these individuals. All the exhibitions we do around the world, whether in a fancy gallery, the Smithsonian, or a mall - it’s always faces mounted on highly mounted glass or plexi. So as you approach the piece you see the energy of the eyes, the movement, their face, and you’re also aware of your OWN reflection. It goes from being about THEM to being about US. And that’s so important. That we know it’s about US. ALL OF US. And there you have it. 

    • Everybody looks beautiful in the right light. And everybody - going into countries where I don’t speak the language, I don’t speak Russian in Moscow, but everybody responds to “WOOOOWWWW! AMAAAAZING!” I don’t take photographs. It’s always a collaboration. Everybody has a connection, a moment. I’ve never photographed anybody who didn’t connect. No matter what their cognitive abilities were, they can always connect with your approach - with love, with gentleness, with caring. I don’t take photographs, it’s ALWAYS a collaboration. Whether someone is verbal or nonverbal, has severe cognitive issues, there’s always a connection, that beautiful amazing way to connect with someone. Always always always. And you’re always questioning your own biases. If you’re asking if someone is aware that you’re in the room, I can assure you that they are. Just today I was photographing  a young lady, Julia, she was nonverbal. Her mom and her sister were there. And as we were photographing, she started communicating with me using her hair - she was drooling a bit, using her scarf, and as she was daubing herself, I could tell she didn’t want to have that in her photograph! She would look away in a giggling way, engaging and playing. She was communicating in a way that most people don’t have the ability to do. So you just have to be ready for that. People are there in the room, always, and it’s all in how you approach it. It's extraordinary.

    • STEM is really important, all that’s really important, but I’m looking after the kids who are here right now. I’m surrounded by these kids, these adults, and I’m just looking after these beautiful faces who are in front of me right now, and that they have an opportunity to look in the mirror, and love what they see. 

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      And for sure on our website - and sign up for our newsletter, which we send out quarterly, it’s always very image driven with stories and links. You can sign up on our website - it’s all there. We’re a good team, and any suggestions or thoughts, definitely reach out. There are so many ways to keep in touch with us. And as soon as our doors are open, POSITIVE EXPOSURE 109, you call, you can set up an appointment to come in, it will be open to the public just with an appointment to set that up! We are all about celebrating the richness and the beauty of human diversity.