by Carder

sigga ella photo

Ella’s work on this project actually began after she’d heard a discussion of the ethics behind prenatal tests to detect birth defects. The First and Foremost I Am photo series aims to do more than showcase the “beauty and diversity of humankind.”

When looking at her 21 subjects — a number purposefully chosen to illustrate the extra copy of chromosome 21 that causes Down syndrome — who range in age from 9 months to 60 years old, Ella hopes it will make people see what we’d lose if we lived in a world without them.

~ Kathy Schweitzer, describing photographer Sigga Ella’s Down Syndrome portrait project, POP Sugar, May 5

[Photo via Ella’s Facebook page]

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