One thing that I wonder about is empowering women pre and post breast cancer surgery. Before I had my surgery I had considered having a photographer do before and after photos for lack of a better description to help me face any self body image issues. I didn’t have time, but I know women do it, and I am discovering women who have done this post-surgery. I am still thinking about it.
I want to own my life and body image, not run from it. Breast cancer makes you want to run some days – but where the hell do you run to if you are only running away from yourself?
And face it , as women it’s a journey under normal circumstances to learn to love ourselves as we are. After all, if women could truly deal with who they were, would there be so much plastic surgery in the United States? I mean to each their own, not trying to judge, but still I wonder…
A couple of years ago (and I went Googling to find it) a photographer did just this – self portraits of herself through treatment – her name is Alexandria Avakian. Check out the article and her photo essay. I also found this paper from a woman names Susan E. Bell from Bowdoin College in Maine – making art to make sense. But the photos I saw there were disturbing – and to me, negative.
I have this whole idea, and I am sure it has been done only I can’t find it yet . Examples of a project – a self-portrait project even that focuses on the positives – i.e. simply being alive. Yes, you have to pay homage to the changes in your body and no I am not looking forward to Tamoxifen and radiation and hope my onco type is low and means no chemo….but I digress little monsters…
I am trying to hit each new thing head on. It’s this weird if I can look at it I can deal with it thing.
Anyway, just a thought. A kind of my body, myself for breast cancer patients and survivors. You could build some fabulous openings and gallery openings around this. I envision this whole big thing say during a breast cancer awareness week, month, whatever.
Oh did I mention I am a hawk about my ideas? I am. So if you want to use them, don’t be cheap bastards and poach…pay me. Because if you pinch my ideas you’ll find I will find you and haunt you.