What Images Do We Want to See Telling Our Stories?

PhotoAbility is  the work of New Mobility Person of the Year Deborah Davis and Australian tourism expert Bill Forrester. It charts a positive path through the excesses common in representing people  with disabilities in images. It marks a transition point by moving from discussion to providing a database of commercially available quality images.

Images at the poles the unaccepatable - off-the-path images - havebeen labeled "Inspiration Porn" and Desperation Porn."

Read Kara Ayers in her Audacity Magazine piece, "Desperation Porn: The Impact of Graphic Medical Images on the Disability Community":

 Stella Young wrote a phenomenal post on inspiration porn this summer. She describes the "feel good" images of children with disabilities as objectifying and limiting to our range of experience as people with disabilities.

I consider this newest trend a polar opposite type of image but with a similar impact. Graphic medical images of nameless children splashed across the Internet are a form of desperation porn. Posters seek short-term gratification of crisis support needs with little thought as to the implications of these images on their child's future.

Read the full article: http://www.audacitymagazine.com/desperation-porn-the-impact-of-graphic-medical-images-on-the-disability-community/

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