Photographer Jasmine Colgan captures the faces of people with vitiligo to help her embrace her own skin

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Photographer captures the faces of people with vitiligo to help her embrace her own skin
Jasmine Colgan has learned to love her vitiligo through photography. (Picture: Jasmine Colgan / mediadrumworld.com)

Jasmine Colgan hasn’t always loved her vitiligo, a condition which causes white patches across her skin.

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She first noticed light patches on her wrists when she was 21-years-old. Those patches began to spread, Jasmine headed to the dermatologist, and it was confirmed that she had vitiligo.

‘When I was studying my undergrad at the University of Colorado in Denver, my friend took a photograph of my hands,’ Jasmine says.

‘I couldn’t stop looking at the picture.

‘I remember taking a few hours a day to match my skin tones evenly. Around lunchtime my lips would have rubbed off.’

It was photography that helped her to learn to view the beauty of her skin.

Photographer captures the faces of people with vitiligo to help her embrace her own skin
Jasmine has acrofacial vitiligo. (Picture: Jasmine Colgan/mediadrumworld.com)
Photographer captures the faces of people with vitiligo to help her embrace her own skin
She found that taking self-portraits helped her to accept her own skin. (Picture: Jasmine Colgan/mediadrumworld.com)

One day, she scrubbed off her makeup and began to take self-portraits, using her skin as a form of art.

‘It became a relieving experience to express my emotions and capture them in a still life,’ she said.

‘As I shared my images, they showed my insecurities and somehow connected me with myself.’

Jasmine began using makeup to enhance her vitiligo, rather than hide it.

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