It's easy to say that everyone is unique in their own ways and even in regards to appearance, Many people we meet throughout everyday life just blend in with society. Only very few stand out and even fewer due to their natural appearance. But this world is filled with beauty and blessings in many ways.
In a city where looks are somewhat important in regards to the Las Vegas hospitality and nightlife industry, many people go to great length to stand out. This man stands out in a crowd and a world of everyday people and yes even from those who will go to greater length.
I noticed Moon when I was at the DMV, it hasn’t happened to me a lot yet, that I run into someone and get the vision of the final edited image in my head but I had an overwhelming feeling that made me jump out of my seat and approach him. With my business card in my hand I introduced myself and said that I was interested in taking his pictures.
I know of a few models who have vitiligo, Winnie Harlow is probably the most famous since her appearance on ANTM. Or Curtis McDaniel, who was apparently only 11 years old when the first speckles of vitiligo appeared.
Vitiligo is a skin condition, the skin loses pigment cells and it results in discolored patches in different areas of the body, including the skin, hair, retina and more. A few weeks after I approached Moon at the DMV, I got a text message from him and I was excited that he agreed to a test shoot, so we scheduled a shoot for the end of May.
You can break down, fall apart and let the circumstances own you or you can own the circumstances and rise like a Phoenix. It's all about perspective. And yes it is easy to say for someone who blends in but the awareness is raised.
Out of my perspective, you should embrace it, whatever is brought upon you in life will only make you stronger. Embrace to be different, embrace what the universe gifted you. There is always a reason for everything in life.
I am very thankful for the opportunity of not just meeting him and getting to know each other, having a fun photo session and even more happy with the images I captured and the edited images. The vision I had when our paths crossed became reality in these pictures. Thank you Moon!