THE INVISIBLE PROJECT, INC., a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization Raising Awareness & Funds for Camp C.A.M.P.
Photos by Pablo Ramirez
It is human nature to ignore that which makes us uncomfortable − to look away, not make eye contact − or even to avoid completely. Imagine how challenging it is to be restrained by a disability and moreover, to feel invisible.
My inspiration for this project began at Camp C.A.M.P (Children’s Association for Maximum Potential), a camp for individuals with disabilities. There, I had the opportunity to see a singular beauty and strength everyone should experience at some point in their lives. The Invisible Project, Inc. is the product of my work with special needs individuals and my newfound love of photography. I titled the photographic exhibition “Invisible - Making the Invisible Visible” to shine a light on the hearts of these people, many of whom I am privileged to call friends.
The black background of the photographs represents feeling invisible and isolated. The contrast between the dark backdrop and the bright light on the faces draws the viewer’s attention to that person’s essence. By refocusing the attention from the person’s disability to their character, I hope the observer can connect with them on a different level. To this end, I have also included excerpts from my interviews with each person on this website.
Thank you for taking the time to visit this site. The foundation and participants in this project appreciate your support and open-mindedness in an ever-changing and challenging world.
A special thank you to Katie + Linda Blackwell, Edward Cárdenas, Dr. Cynthia Garcia & Gerardo Garmendia for all their help!