I came across The Scar Project: Breast Cancer is not a Pink Ribbon on Pinterest. The images are so powerful, you can’t help but be moved. In complete honesty, at first it was uncomfortable to look at these photos. Yes, they are strong, beautiful warriors but my instant reaction was uncomfortable, a sense of pain and sadness, and imagining what it would be like in their shoes. I feel like we’re taught to identify with what sexuality and femininity should look like so much that anything that challenges what we know is a shock. But look at these women. Once I got over the face value, all I could see was incredibly strong women and the power of human spirit.
“The SCAR Project is 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.
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.”-www.thescarproject.org