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“Beauty is not caused, it is.” ~ Emily Dickinson
I came upon this article on CNN about a professional photographer in Michigan who began offering free portraits to people suffering from life threatening or terminal illnesses. It was conceived after two of the photographer’s sisters-in-law succumbed to breast cancer. It was named the Oldham Project after the deceased sisters. The photographer, Terri Shaver has been doing this since 2008. In 2010, she created an offshoot called “Be Bold, Feel Beautiful” to offer portrait sessions to women diagnosed with cancer. This particular project focused on women who had lost their hair as a result of cancer treatments. The photographer hoped that by photographing these women, she would help them see the beauty within themselves.
All too often, especially as women, the loss of hair during cancer treatments can be very traumatic. Shaver hoped that by photographing the women, she would help to empower these women in the challenges that they were facing and would continue to face.The definition of “beauty” according to Dictionary.com: the quality present in a thing or person that gives intensepleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arisingfrom sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.),a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as apersonality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).
Looking at the pictures in the gallery on the website, it is hard not to see the beauty, and the strength, in these women.
- Breast cancer photographer makes women feel beautiful (bonjupatten.wordpress.com)
- Breast cancer photographer makes women feel beautiful (cnn.com)