“Often I photograph children. What interests me is that they have an innocence and untainted beauty to them. Although it is a risk working with them due to their inexperience, but when all falls into place the results can be magical. Jeweled is my newest series. When I found Anke through social media I was directly taken by her beauty. After my Nude series that I made in 2014 I learned a lot about albinism. Like as an Albino, the way you are perceived and treated is very dependent on where you live in this world. In western society the fact that albinism is so rare, people often view it as unique and sometimes even beautiful. But in some parts of Africa Albinism is still shrouded in a superstition from the past, where it was believed that the limbs of a person with Albinism would bring prosperity. A horrible thought. But with the ability to share information more easily we see that a new generation takes shape. They revolt against old believes and make up their own mind about what is accepted and beautiful. We should all treasure this kind of unique beauty.”

Jeweled: Anke by Justine Tjallinks (5/5)

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