To celebrate Dwarfism Awareness Month 2019, I’m sharing some of the photographs from the ‘You’re Just Little’ exhibition which debuted in 2018.
The exhibition shows the challenges, obstacles and societal assumptions that Dwarf people face on a daily basis.
The story behind the photograph
This picture in this post was the first photograph ht started the exhibition, unbeknownst to me in that moment of frustration that once again, in a well-known shop while using the toilets, I couldn’t do something as simple as checking my appearance.
I had travelled to Newcastle for a hospital appointment at the RVI. I popped into Marks and Spencers to use the loo and as I came out of the cubicle was presented with the following view. It was at this point that I found a way to show, visually, that I wasn’t “just little”. That doing something as irrelevant as checking one’s own appearance was something that poses a daily challenge as I move around society.
It’s not just about not being able to check your appearance either, it’s about not being able to check if you have any embarrassing remanents of food stuck in your teeth or if you’re lippy needs reapplying. This brings about the feeling of not fitting in, as my body is disabled from fitting in with societal norms.
Follow the photograph’s stories throughout Dwarfism Awareness Month
Each day I share an insight into the stories and the main themes that each of the photographs represents to help celebrate Dwarfism Awareness month.