Kevin Connolly

  • <b>Most interesting project from nothing less interesting photographer!</b>

    I think this guy deserves attention... please read:

    <i>"Often, when people see someone who looks different or strange, they stare. Maybe they do it out of the corner of their eye, maybe they gawk, and maybe they get nervous and immediately avert their gaze. People stare, trying to figure out how the object came to be that way.

    Kevin Connolly has been getting such stares all his life. That's because he was born without legs.

    Connolly was used to drawing double takes in his home town of Helena, Mont., but when he went to Europe and turned heads there, too, he decided he'd had enough. Connolly got out his camera in Vienna, Austria, and turned it on the people who were staring at him.

    "I knew this guy was walking past and staring at me," he says. "I had been getting that sort of attention for weeks and of course the past 21-odd years as well but took the photo kind of on a reflex, not thinking about it," Connolly says. "Finding the picture to be really aesthetically pleasing kind of made me pursue the project a bit more."

    Connolly began travelling around the world, taking photographs of people looking at him. The stare turned out to be universal, but people in each place had different ideas about why he has no legs. Connolly was seen as a beggar in Vienna, a victim of thalidomide in New Zealand, a holy man in Ukraine, a victim of the Balkan war in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and an Iraq war veteran back in Montana."</i>

    * audio
    * watch Kevin's "Rolling Exhibition"
    * official website
  • Re: Kevin Connolly
    I do beg your pardon - seems like I got his official website link wrong!
    Should be:

  • Re: Kevin Connolly
    impressive attitude - makes every day moaning and growning look like something to be ashamed of deeply.
    great guy he must be!
    thanks for the links, robi - i've checked them out when you posted, but no idea why i didn't leave a few words.
    ... belated thanks!
  • Re: Kevin Connolly
    Hi Dora,
    thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the link provided. I was touched myself - and that was the only reason to post these links here, so others can enjoy as well.
    All the best,
  • Re: Kevin Connolly
    You are right Robi, this guy certainly deserves attention. I was moved by his photos and his video. Thank you !
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