For many women our hair defines us. When a woman is diagnosed with cancer and faces losing her hair to chemotherapy, the experience can be both devastating and life changing.
The Hair Project, a photo essay explores how women feel about losing their hair due to chemotherapy. It is comprised of a series of black and white portraits and is accompanied by text written by each of the women photographed. The purpose of the project is to celebrate each woman for her courage, her humor and her ability to make new choices. The stark beauty of the subjects and the power of each womans words serve as an inspiration to others who are traveling the same road.
One of the portraits was chosen for the cover of The Womens Times Guide to Breast Cancer Resources that received the Sword of Hope Media Award given by the American Cancer Society. The portraits and text have been exhibited throughout the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley. The Project in its entirety is now in book form and includes portraits text and support services for cancer survivors in the Berkshires.
Cancer touches all of us. Either we have experienced cancer ourselves or know someone who has. The Hair Project allows the invisible (the cancer) to become visible. Hair, or the loss of hair, becomes symbolic of the disease itself. Focusing on their hair provides women an avenue to talk aobut what they have lost and what they have gained during the journey of their disease. The impact of their words and the beauty of the women I photographed allow others to draw strength and the courage to talk about their own journey.