Life changing experiences…where do they come from? Are they divine intervention or simply being at the right place at the right time? Perhaps there is something in both possibilities…but also that we have our eyes…and our hearts…open at any given time.
One night when my sleep pattern was a bit off, I randomly found this man online. My love of photography perked my interest in what this man is doing with his talent.
Let me introduce him to you…Rick Guidotti. I know nothing about him except that he had a career as a photographer in some of the hot spots of America and the world. He was a photographer of the most glamorous…and then his life changed when he spotted an albino woman walking down the street. Here is a short bio taken from his site named Positive Exposure. Certainly in this crazy world, we need something positive.
“Rick Guidotti, an award-winning former fashion photographer, has spent the past fifteen years working internationally with advocacy organizations/NGOs, medical schools, universities and other educational institutions to effect a sea-change in societal attitudes towards people
living with genetic difference; his work has been published in newspapers, magazines and journals as diverse as Elle, GQ, People, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, The Lancet, Spirituality and Health, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly and Life Magazine.
Rick is the founder and director of Positive Exposure, an innovative arts, education and advocacy organization, working with individuals living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral difference. Positive Exposure utilizes the visual arts to significantly impact the fields of genetics, mental health and human rights.
Rick Guidotti’s photographic exhibition, Positive Exposure; The Spirit of Difference, premiered at the People’s Genome Celebration, June 2001, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in DC. and continues to exhibit in galleries, museums and public arenas internationally.
Rick Guidotti’s Positive Exposure photo and video presentation explores the social and
psychological experiences of people living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral conditions of all ages and ethno-cultural heritages. Positive Exposure provides new opportunities to see individuals living with a genetic difference first and foremost as a human being with his/her own challenges rather than as a specific diagnosis/disease entity.
Rick Guidotti and Positive Exposure continue to celebrate the richness and beauty of human diversity.”
It may be hard to imagine that just a few short years ago, people in Tanzania were being murdered for their body parts because they were albino. Being different…in whatever way…is a difficult life for many. How a person feels about himself can make “all the difference” and it seems that the life changing moment for Rick Guidotti is something that all of us need to learn. Take a look around you, see people in a different light…see their beauty as a human being.
IN HIS OWN WORDS…changing the concept of self
After video click here to See Rick’s other Photography celebrating human diversity