I’ve thought of this for a long time……for a few years now, ever since I survived cancer in grad school. I’m still not sure what it will look like in the end (which is unusual for me, to not have a specific vision) but I imagine it will end up as a book, a show in a gallery, or at least as a collection here on my site.
The focus is on the people, of all stages, who are affected by, fighting, surviving, or falling victim to various forms of cancer. Seeing one of our USP students return this semester from treatment, I just decided I had to start. Jessica, even more than most people who are willing to be photographed, was brave enough to allow me to start with her.
I’ll photograph her again in exactly this manner, sometime later this year or next (when her hair has grown out again, which she plans to do :)
It’s hard to start personal projects when you can’t see the end (and when they don’t help pay the bills). I imagine this is going to be a long-term documentary that may have a life of its own. If you know anyone in our area(s) who would be willing to be a part of this, please help me connect with them. I’d like to include all kinds of people in all stages of cancer. Today, I’m down near Indy with a coworker whose mother was recently told she had about 6 weeks left, and her family is having a big dinner with her today.
Stay tuned :)