Robin Rayne Nelson has never liked the word 'normal.'
A photojournalist and documentary filmmaker, Robin has a passion for creating pictures and stories that expose, reveal, enlighten and encourage on social justice and human rights issues.
"I am drawn to individuals who are authentic, creative, misunderstood, marginalized, ignored or wounded -- those who deal with discrimination and those who are victorious despite the cards they've been dealt in life," she explains.
"I love what I do. I'm fortunate to make it my life's work.
I believe everyone has a story if you dig deep enough.
Robin has worked for dozens of national and international newspapers and magazines over the years, with Time, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Paris Match, Der Spiegel and the New York Times among them. Some of her disability work is preserved at the Smithsonian Museum as well.
"I cherish each of the hundreds of assignments over several decades because they sharpened my skills and prepared me or the work I'm doing now as a photojournalist and filmmaker for the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia, where I illustrate a number of disability and civil rights issues and stories."
"I believe disability rights and transgender rights are human and civil rights, and that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. Both issues are deeply personal to me and have given me a perspective that allows me to connect with others in ways that many other journalists cannot."
"l love creating projects that spark conversations that matter.
I still take on commissioned assignments for newspapers, magazines and corporations and seek different perspectives that go deeper than the obvious," she added.
"It's not about the number of assignments I do as much as it is the creative joy that comes from the ones I do.
"We only have one life to live -- and it's now. I try to make a difference in what I do and make every day count."
Robin is married and lives in Canton, Georgia, near a canyon in the North Georgia Mountains.