Some days I struggle to find my feet in my new home, California… Everything is different; people don’t know what I’m saying (and vice-versa), they spell things with a “z” instead of an “s”, they drive on the wrong side of the road, the seasons and months are backwards, and I can’t recognize anything in the grocery store. Although i have found the American alternative to my favorite delicious munchy treat “Twisties” which here it’s called “Pirate Booty”!
Anyway, fellow Element Eden Advocate, Amy Purdy is the strongest, most motivated person I know. At the age of 19 she contracted a form of Bacterial Meningitis that left her in a coma for over three weeks, resulting in the amputation of both of her legs below the knee. Since then, Amy hasn’t let her life altering circumstances hold her back. Today she is a competitive snowboarder, has a modeling and acting career, and has also created the non-profit organization, Adaptive Action Sports, which helps people living with permanent disabilities get involved with action sports like snowboarding and skateboarding… Just talking to her, brings new inspiration and meaning to life!
Over the weekend, I was invited to document Amy’s fitting for new legs by her sponsor, Ossur. It was amazing to experience, as you would imagine, anyone with prosthetic legs would look forward to the day they can walk (again). In Amy’s situation, she has taken leaps and bounds, mentally and physically, working with Ossur to innovate and enable her to better her snowboarding and active lifestyle.
This is a photo series I shot, which is a look inside a foreign, yet wonderful world of modern technology and positive thinking.
- Amber B