Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

Last year, when we were in the Lowry, I took these moving photographs of people studying some large photographs. (There is a second photograph as a workshop.)

The photographs were part of an exhibition by the photographer Zoë Law .

The photographs feature 21 people living with cancer. Zoe was seeking to raise awareness of the cancer support charity 'Maggie’s', and highlight the support needed for people with cancer, their friends and family.

I was going to title the photographs 'Empathy' but, in stead, decided to use the title that the artist Zoe had used to name her exhibition 'LIFE'.

In the words of Zoe "This project was one if the hardest things I’ve undertaken because it was so important to me to show each person’s strength and move the focus away from their cancer. For the portraits to share how cancer does not define them, nor has it taken away their essence. The people who came to my studio taught me a great deal. Primarily that a cancer diagnosis isn’t the end but a way of looking at life differently. What the subjects of these portraits said is that cancer had given them time. Time to live in the moment, time to appreciate the everyday and time to tell friends and family how much they are loved. I called the project LIFE because the sense that came from the photographs was that cancer does not make you look at death but at the life you are living.”

Hope your Sunday is happy, Bev :-)

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