Artist Sanne De Wilde has undertaken a project entitled Snow White that captures images of people with Albinism. She hopes to explore society’s feelings towards ‘the abnormal’ and her own feelings about this rare condition which leaves the person without pigment in their skin, eyes and or hair.
Like photographic material, people with albinism are light sensitive. Light leaves an irreversible imprint on their body. This whiteness that makes them stand out, when captured in an image, almost makes them dissolve, consumed by the light. Their eyes can hardly bear it. Nevertheless they have the power to look back at us, the viewer, and embody a human-mirror. They are a metaphor, a symbol for stereotypes, they magnify the erroneous idea of human weaknesses and physical fragility but also that of an invincible strength. Touched by their breath-taking beauty, in this series, I try to create a powerful impression of this fragile snow white. – Sanne De Wilde