Sigga Ella

Sigga Ella was born in 1980 in Akureyri, Iceland, and graduated from the School of Photography in Reykjavík. The ethical questions of man’s authority to decide who gets to live and who doesn‘t are the issues addressed in the series of photographs she names First and foremost I am. The series consists of 21 portraits of people who all have Down’s Syndrome and the reason for that number is because the trisomy of the 21st chromosome causes Down’s Syndrome. She chose to photograph people of all ages and both genders and wanted to show that each of these individuals is a person like anyone else and should not be judged by one extra chromosome. She does not control the people but rather lets them show us who they are. Each photograph shows us a person with his or her own special characteristics. Some are smiling, others giggling and hands and feet are placed freely and that too draws out the fact that by no means are these people all the same, although they share the same syndrome.First and foremost I am is an eye opener for the beauty and diversity of mankind and makes us wonder if the future without this diversity is desirable.