Houston–and the SCAR Project

I have been in Houston for a couple of days attending a dynamic International Baccalaureate conference. I just wish the conference had been a week later. I am going to miss attending The Scar Project exhibition which is here in Houston from October 17-28.

The SCAR Project is a unique photography exhibit that includes

a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.

I find it fascinating that

Although Jay began shooting The SCAR Project primarily as an awareness raising campaign, he was not prepared for something much more immediate . . . and beautiful: “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. Through these simple pictures, they seem to gain some acceptance of what has happened to them and the strength to move forward with pride.”

The photos in the SCAR Project Gallery are intensely beautiful and they bring out very strong feelings. Hopefully, I will be able to catch a future exhibit.

4 thoughts on “Houston–and the SCAR Project

  1. Very moving, very powerful………the composition and quality of the pictures are incredible….the tear running down the face in the first picture just got me…


  2. I love what Jay says about these young women, having their portraits done and feeling as though it’s their personal victory over this terrible disease, as well as what they are reclaiming…I’ve seen the Scar Project portraits and they are truly beautiful and very moving.


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