I am fascinated by photos of difficult subjects — poverty, palliative care, grief, cancer. If the photographer is sensitive, the photos are beautiful but often stark. It’s no surprise that they might be lacking in joy — in fact, one might even say that’s expected.
But recently I came across a set of photos that just blew all that out of the water.
Photographer Brandi Reynolds writes,
So my friend, Val, texts me one night and says she has this friend that is going through cancer treatment. The friend has lost her hair and decided that she wanted to do something artful/fun with her newly bald head and would I be up for a photo shoot?
I said yes immediately, so honored that Val would think of me, got in touch with Sara (the friend) and last friday we met in Sundance Square in Ft. Worth for a photo shoot.
I didn’t know what to expect going into the shoot. On the one hand, my heart went out to her (to anyone) going through cancer treatment. I lost a friend to cancer and I remember his journey and how hard it was. I’m a little sensitive, a little emotional, to the word cancer.
But yet, this was someone who decided to take the loss of her hair and turn into art and I was excited and curious to experience that.
I hope you’ll click through to see her photos and read the rest of the post.
(Hat tip to S.M. Hutchins of Live Wonderstruck for the link)