Yulia Taits always strove to create fantasy worlds with her photography. But now she's doing it in a way that empowers real people, too.
Taits, a 38-year-old photographer from Moscow, recently released images from her photo series "Porcelain Beauty." The photos are composed entirely of models with albinism — a rare genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin in the hair, skin, and eyes, and results in a pale, all-white appearance.
"For some time, I've had the idea to create and photograph a project featuring albino people or people with Albinism," she wrote on Facebook. "Their unique beauty hypnotizes me. This beauty is so pure and amazing for me, as if it was taken from fantasies and fairy tale legends."
In North America and Europe, between one in 17,000 and one in 20,000 people in the US has some type of albinism, according to the National Institutes of Health. Taits told Revelist she found her first model in a Facebook friend — an albino man named Eydan. Eydan used a Facebook group for people with albinism to connect her with other models.
The hardest part of the shoot, Taits told Revelist, were the frequent "dark breaks" her subjects required. Those with albinism are often sensitive to light because of the lack of melanin in their eyes — a condition known as "photophobia." Taits allowed her subjects to take ample time away from the bright lights in her studio.
At the end of the day, however, Taits said she found few differences in working with models with albinism.
"They are regular people like me and you," she told Revelist. "They just have different amazing coloring."
Check out her breath-taking photos, below.