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Brock first came across CMN when shooting a woman with the condition for a previous shoot, so when the charity got in touch about the exhibition he was keen to be involved.

“It’s about celebrating diversity really,” he told Yahoo UK. “Visually I knew I could do something striking for those who took part, but overall it was about educating the general public about the condition.” [Photo: Brock Elbank/Caring Matters Now]

Photographer captures the beauty of diversity by showcasing rare skin condition

A photography exhibition featuring people with a rare and untreatable skin condition is creating a buzz thanks to its empowering celebration of beauty in diversity.

‘How Do You C Me Now?’ is a series of 30 portraits showcasing people with Congenital Melanocytic Naevus (CMN), a condition, which is caused by a mutation in the NRAS gene.

According to the charity Caring Matters Now, CMN is a type of birthmark that typically appears in newborn babies. It presents as large, dark brown birthmarks, which can cover up to 80% of the body, and can also appear internally.

Large or very numerous CMN are rare, occurring in just 1 in 20,000 births worldwide, which means people who have the condition can feel isolated and face negative comments about they way they look, causing them to lack self-confidence.

But the new exhibition aims to change that.