Over the past year I have travelled through more than 25 states, connected with and photographed individuals with various forms of Ectodermal Dysplasia, a rare genetic condition that I myself have. The goal of One Arm Dove Hunt is to explore my relationship with Ectodermal Dysplasia (ED) and others affected by it. What does it means to be part of a community dictated by a medical condition? How does that impact an individual’s sense of self? My photographs depict a group of very different people from across the United States who happen to have one big thing in common, and the journey that brought me to them. I believe that questioning ourselves and how we relate to others is a fundamental part of the human experience. Those involved in this project are affected by a rare genetic condition, however, the themes of self and community the project explores are universal.
Jacob Moss is a filmmaker and photographer based in Durham, NC. Originally from Los Angeles, he received a BA from Pitzer College in 2013. Following his undergraduate studies Jacob was a Digital Content Specialist at Stardust (now Los York), a digital agency based in Santa Monica, and a Volunteer Photographer for the Los Angeles Fire Department. He moved to Durham in 2017 to pursue a MFA in Documentary and Experimental Arts at Duke University.