|Vanessa from the SCAR project|
THE SCAR PROJECT
The SCAR Project (Surviving Cancer, Absolute Reality) is a large scale photography exhibit dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer. David Jay, a fashion photographer, has not only helped raise awareness, he has helped women who have survived their battles with breast cancer find their strength and reclaim their beauty. Over 100 women between the ages of 10-35 have been photographed bearing their scars. The images are haunting, stark and, indeed, beautiful. Though the exhibit is not yet scheduled for Boulder, Colorado, the images can be seen online at http://www.thescarproject.org/gallery/
David started the project when a friend of his was diagonsed with breast cancer. He felt it was a way for women who have gone through this serious battle to express themselves. He states, "For these young women, having their portrait taken seems to represent their personal victory over this terrifying disease. It helps them reclaim their femininity, their sexuality, identity and power after having been robbed of such an important part of it.” By presenting these photographs, David Jay has reminded the public that while breast cancer awareness is increasing, coming face to face with it in images hits people on a much different level than a pink ribbon.