“It’s terrifying. There’s other ways to present this. I’ve spoken to so many genetic counselors who have a family in front of them and say ‘Ok, this is what your daughter is going to have. Read this.’ And they cover up the photograph because it will freak the family right out.. There’s gotta be something else we can do. There’s gotta be another way to present that information to that family.”So he went about shooting kids with genetic conditions and showing them their beauty. As a result, these kids have better self-esteem and are convinced of their own self-worth in a world that typically treats them as "other" at best, and ugly and freakish at worst.
Rick also has a social mission - he's starting support groups for these kids across the globe in their communities. I wish we weren't judged so easily by appearance, but until we're not, we greatly need this work. I love this.