Mailet Lopez, Breast Cancer Survivor

 

The photographer and scuba diver Erena Shimoda was inspired to her series create Underwater Healer— About Face through her work with the website I Had Cancer. Learning the stories of cancer survivors, she recalled her own experience with water as empowering and therapeutic, and staged underwater portrait sessions with the survivors she met. 

 

Lori Stone, Endocervical Adenocarcinoma Survivor

 

The term “About Face” refers to a “total change in attitude or viewpoint,” and in her sessions, the artist sees transformations in her subjects’ sense of self. Individuals coping with the feelings of “[loss] after a mastectomy and chemotherapy,” those who fear water, and others suffering from “physical limitations due to cerebral palsy” are able to physically express themselves in a challenging and rewarding way. As Shimoda puts it, “In the water, people rediscover their beauty, strength and capability.” 

 

Lindsay Hernderson, Breast Cancer Survivor

 

Take a look at each of the beautiful images below. One subject told the artist that they made her feel “magically beautiful.” Through Shimoda’s lens, her subjects appear weightless, no longer held by physical barriers, floating through a colorful and otherworldly dimension.

 

Nicki Curns Kominek, Hodgkin’s Disease Survivor

 

Lisa Smith, Breast Cancer Survivor

 

Duwenavue Sante’ Johnson, Breast Cancer Survivor

 

Izumi Hirayama, Breast Cancer Survivor

 

Emily Morrison, Brain Tumor Fighter

 

Bernadette Leno, Breast Cancer Survivor

 

Erica Yee, Breast Cancer Survivor

 

Brian Simpson, Testicular Cancer Survivor

 

Steve Melen, Stomach Cancer Survivor


Watch Shimoda’s video below, and be sure to check out her Indiegogo campaign

 

Video via YouTube

Thanks to My Modern Met

Images via My Modern Met

Tagged in: water, underwater healer, scuba diving, portraiture, Photography, medicine, i had cancer, erena shimoda, empowerment, Cancer, breast cancer, About Face   

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