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