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Powerful photo series depicts the reality of living with an "imperfect" body.

“I’ve seen the world from a difference perspective than most.”

Welcome to Mamamia’s art endeavour, the Voulez-Vous Project. Every week we celebrate emerging artists, designers, illustrators, creators and women who knit using their vaginas. (Kidding. Maybe.) Our aim: to help the internet become a slightly more beautiful, captivating, or thought-provoking place by making art accessible.

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When Sophie Kafter set out to photograph strangers with disabilities, she was combining her personal experience with her love of documenting moments.

Sophie, a New York-based photographer, was born with a neuromuscular disorder called Charcot Marie Tooth disease.

She inherited the disease, which attacks the nerves in the limbs, from her father.

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Sophie with her dad. Image via Sophie Kafter.

“Because of this, I’ve seen the world from a difference perspective than most,” she said.

“Since childhood, I have had to be sharply aware of my surroundings. Details such as little grooves in the pavement or uneven bricks on the sidewalk could make the difference between a pleasant outing and a catastrophic fall.”

Sophie’s experience spurred a desire to photograph the human body, and she began creating a series that focused on people like herself who have an “imperfect” body.

“The more interaction I had with the people I photographed, the more my attraction to their differences began to feel clinical and insincere. My original approach felt as though I was viewing them in the way most other people saw them, judging them solely by their appearance. I wanted to break through this boundary and recognize a richer sense of who they were.”

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“Mark and Katherine take ballroom dance lessons together. Mark is a paraplegic.” Image via Sophie Kafter.

Sophie’s aim was to showcase the stories of others with disabilities, while also showing that they could function capably in their day-to-day life.

“My hope was to truly capture their spirit and what it was like for them to go through life in an atypical body. I wanted others to experience their corpoReality.”

Click through the gallery below for the full corpoReality series. For more on the project, visit Sophie’s website by clicking here.

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