I am showing a series of self-portraits that explore the impact of breast cancer and its treatment on body image and concept of self in the Free Range Photography Degree Show at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London from 20 to 24 June.
The photographs were stimulated by impending hair loss caused by chemotherapy. Initially, I experienced sadness and apprehension but as I experimented through the medium of photography, I began to engage with broader issues such as temporality and permanence; fitness and frailty; serenity and spirituality; beauty and disfigurement represented by the symbols and personae I adopted and assumed. The process encouraged openness, acceptance and a sense of playfulness.
I shall be in the gallery from 10 to 4 on Monday 24 June. It would be good to see you there.