Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

The Resource Exchange presents Positive Exposure photo exhibit

By: Garry Butcher, Marketing Director for The Resource Exchange
December 5, 2016 Updated: December 5, 2016 at 11:15 am
0
photo -

In partnership with Positive Exposure, a non-profit organization founded by award winning fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, The Resource Exchange (TRE) is presenting an extraordinary photo exhibition at Chapel Hills Mall.

 

In September, Guidotti conducted a two-day photo shoot in Colorado Springs of over thirty-five local individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which are featured in “Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference” exhibit. This unique exhibit, created to increase awareness and acceptance, and to display the talents and abilities of people of all ages and differences is open to the public through December 31.

 

Positive Exposure’s mission utilizes photography, film and narrative to transform public perceptions of people living with genetic, intellectual, developmental, physical and behavioral differences.

 

Guidotti worked in NYC, Milan and Paris for a variety of high profile clients including Yves St Laurent, Revlon, L’Oreal, Elle, Harpers Bazaar and GQ. He took photographs of what were considered the world’s most beautiful people. One day, a chance encounter on a Manhattan street changed everything. He saw a stunning girl – a girl with pale skin and white hair, a girl with albinism. Guidotti then began a process of discovery about albinism, people with genetic differences, and about himself. The portrayals that he saw of people with developmental differences were sad and dehumanizing. In medical textbooks children with differences were seen as a disease, a diagnosis first – not as people.

 

So he turned his world upside down – he stopped working in the fashion industry and created a not-for-profit organization named Positive Exposure.

 

“In fashion I was always frustrated because I was told who I had to photograph. I was always told who was beautiful.” It became clear to him that it was essential for people to understand and see the beauty in our shared humanity. But how do you lead people down a different path? How do you get people to see those with differences not as victims, but kids and people first and foremost? The pity has to disappear. The fear has to disappear. Behavior has to change. These kids need to be seen as their parents see them, as their friends see them; as valuable and positive parts of society, as beautiful.

 

The photos give people the permission to see beauty and interpret beauty in their own right. Not to see beauty that is dictated by industry’s ideas of what is acceptable. 

 

Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference exhibit is open to the public Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs, through December 31.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Incognito Mode Your browser is in Incognito mode

You vanished!

We welcome you to read all of our stories by signing into your account. If you don't have a subscription, please subscribe today for daily award winning journalism.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

Wake up with today's top stories in your inbox

Wake up with today's top stories in your inbox

Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?
 
This is your last FREE article for the month
This is your last FREE article for the month

Subscribe now and enjoy Unlimited Digital Access to Gazette.com

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?

 
You have reached your article limit for the month
You have reached your article limit for the month

We hope that you've enjoyed your complimentary access to Gazette.com

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?

 
articles remaining
×
Thank you for your interest in local journalism.
Gain unlimited access, 50% fewer ads and a faster browsing experience.