People with Down often get underestimated, Brenda knows. "People will often ask me if 'she' wants anything to drink. I created this project to show that people with Down syndrome are serious people that matter in society. That's how they want us t look at them. Not as jokers, or huggers or simply 'stupid.' No, they're powerful people, and these portraits prove that."
Brenda doesn't have plans with her photos yet but maybe wants to make a book one day.
Photo: Brenda Riethoven