“Did your boyfriend beat you?” “Did you wash the rest of the paint off your face?” “You have your lipstick all over.” These are just some of the comments received by the subjects of Copenhagen-based photographer Linda Hansen's recent portrait series, titled Nevus Flammeus. Also known as port-wine stain, nevus flammeus is a congenital vascular malformation that causes birthmarks ranging in color from light rose to dark red. Staring at somebody with this condition would be considered rude if you saw them out on the street, but Hansen's photographs encourage you to stare in order to force the viewer to see the person behind the birthmark.


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“I want to make a confrontation,” Hansen told Feature Shoot. “How long do you have to look? When do you start to see the other details in the photo? The nose, that the clothes are sitting a little wrong. All the small details which are really important. When you have looked enough at the person, the mark doesn’t become interesting anymore. I compare it to having a tattoo: It’s curious, or a special mark with history. It’s beautiful. How come when you have a mark with nature, this is not OK?”

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Aegea 2 months ago

Wow! She's so beautiful.

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Ok Ha-Neul 2 months ago

so adorable sad though because kids can be really cruel about that kinda stuff

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Lucybaby 2 months ago

That could work to his advantage on Halloween! How neat!

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Lucybaby 2 months ago

Always a nose bleed, I wonder how much she's heard that? Beautiful!

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DancingToMyself 2 months ago

Beautiful, yet sad eyes.

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2 months ago

Her eyes are so beautiful

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Tom Verköuter 2 months ago

Stunner either way.

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cyberbird 2 months ago

Lovely woman.

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JANA LINGUIST34 2 months ago

She looks still beautiful....

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Emily Wolff 2 months ago

I'm sad that this post chooses to call these folk "brave". I have a large port wine stain and don't feel brave having my photo taken, wearing tshirts that show it off, or really doing anything to cover it up. People come in all shapes, sizes, look different, and have different characteristics. Lets get to a point where one doesn't have to be brave to be themselves.

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