Breast Cancer Is Not A Pink Ribbon.
Fashion photographer, David Jay, has raised awareness of breast cancer by documenting the battle scars of survivors.
The “SCAR project” is a series of large-scale photographs, graphic in content, meant to “raise public consciousness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research/outreach programs and help young survivors see their scars, faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering lens.”
David Jay started this project as a means of helping women portray breast cancer in real life. However, towards the end of the project, he began to see his work as more than just a cancer awareness campaign. Though the women affected by breast cancer had lost a large portion of femininity, self-worth, sexuality and power from their cancer scars, the process of posing for the project aspired a beautiful transformation back to control in these areas. “For these young women, having their portrait taken seems to represent their personal victory over this terrifying disease.”
“Through these simple pictures, they seem to gain some acceptance of what has happened to them and the strength to move forward with pride.” -David Jay
(All images via The SCAR Project)