Aesthetically speaking, Type 1 Diabetes is easier to represent than a lot of other diseases that have more visually disturbing features. I’ve got a son who was diagnosed at thirteen – and he obviously shows no visible signs of his battle to live with it. As chronic diseases go, it’s more of a boring set of routines to maintain through life than a debilitating illness – he managed to continue playing with the youth team in a (very low-level) professional football club: until he gave up football, rather than the reverse. There are related complications concerning the eyes, heart and blood circulation – as well as hypo/hyperglycemic episodes to avoid – but control systems are infinitely better than they were just a few years ago.
I don’t resent New Jersey photographer Meg Bitton for using a cute model/patient to spread awareness – as I said a couple of posts ago, the portraits are particularly lovely, despite the message they carry, and adults being biologically programmed to protect attractive children makes the message that much more effective when represented by a pretty girl in her undies (and I’m sure she’s a real sufferer).
This isn’t meant to be a defining Meg Bitton post – for one thing she’s been doing this for far more years than most – and is really a pioneer of the girl-in-fairytale editing school that has produced an infinite number of (mainly American female) imitators. She is also pleasantly idiosyncratic – her Pinterest-style motivational/inspirational quotes could drive you mad – except she actually does believe them and try to follow them…..leading to unexpected portraits that you wouldn’t immediately associate with her style – like the “ice cream van” series:
……not much tweaking, no visible fairy-tale princesses (tutus are just tutus, after all), and a lot of good, honest observation.
Here’s the rest of my ultimately-not-so-small selection – if I had a dollar for every girl she’s shot with her eyes shut….:
……also unexpectedly, she’s done another series without a floaty dress in sight – on the beach:
…..while my favourite is back to the urban fairy/dancer that she does so well:
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