Ever Wanted To Make A Person Forget They Had Cancer? Check Out This Brilliant Portrait Project

Sadly, as time progresses we are getting more and more accustomed to sad stories involving cancer. Fighting the illness is not easy and is usually accompanied by sad and serious faces.

Ever Wanted To Make A Person Forget They Had Cancer? Check Out This Brilliant Portrait Project

That was not the case with latest project from mimi foundation and photographer Vincent Dixon. In a series called If only for a second mimi and Dixon joined forces to make beautiful portraits of 20 Cancer patients. Here is the catch. The patients were asked to keep their eyes closed during the makeover processes, not knowing what to expect.

The last step of the process was placing them in front or a mirror and asking them to open their eyes. The surprise they got from the hilarious makeovers clearly shows on their faces. The mirror was actually a two way mirror with Dixon at the camera behind it capturing the second of revelation and the sheer surprise and joy of the moment.

The idea in this campagin was that this minute can help be carefree again if only for a second.

Ever Wanted To Make A Person Forget They Had Cancer? Check Out This Brilliant Portrait Project

Here are some of the delightful portraits from that project. A book titled If only for a second describing the project is coming out soon. Here is the intro for the book:

This 60 pages book contains the photographs by Vincent Dixon of the 20 participants of “If only for a second”. Every photo is followed by a caption, the date and the time the photo was taken and most importantly, the exact second when the person forgot about their disease. Going through this book, the reader is carried away by laughter, giggles and carefree faces. Readers will even be surprised to have on their own faces… a smile. This is the heart of the idea of the “If only for a second ” project, to spread smiles and happiness

Ever Wanted To Make A Person Forget They Had Cancer? Check Out This Brilliant Portrait Project

Ever Wanted To Make A Person Forget They Had Cancer? Check Out This Brilliant Portrait Project

Ever Wanted To Make A Person Forget They Had Cancer? Check Out This Brilliant Portrait Project

Ever Wanted To Make A Person Forget They Had Cancer? Check Out This Brilliant Portrait Project

Ever Wanted To Make A Person Forget They Had Cancer? Check Out This Brilliant Portrait Project

[If only for a second via Business Insider] Thasnk for the head up, Ben.

  • http://bloodcravephotography.blogspot.com/ Lady Lilith Bloodcrave

    What an inspirational video. It is amazing what one little laugh can do.

  • http://trinitydigitalmedia.com sempei13

    We’re creative, right? Photographers (and videographers) are artists, right? What would happen if everyone from weekend shutterbug to professional with her own studio and team of employees took one weekend a year for a project like this? What if we all turned insecure teens into supermodels, balding men into superheroes, little girls into princesses, little boys into heroes, but especially the dying, sick, poor, downtrodden, etc. into who they’d long-since abandoned hope that they could ever be, “if only for a moment”?

    I think art can change the world. What if we all tried it just once as an experiment? I think it’s worth trying.

    • Sarah

      I think that would be amazing. I am by no means a professional but if I could make just one person feel special for just a moment it would be life changing.

  • michael

    Thanks for sharing….awesome.

  • Dublu Rafinat

    How can one forget about cancer…. it is a good way to make a person smile but forgetting about it… i think its a bit extreme

  • Karolina Dean

    Awesome project! Yes, it is a bit extreme, but that’s the point. Don’t you think life with cancer isn’t extreme itself? You can’t balance it out with fancy cup if tea, you need something much more powerful. Like skydive or extreme makeover photo session. I guess you never forget about the illness, but things like that take your focus away from it, letting you smile, laugh and feel careless for a moment.

  • Carmine

    Fantastic project! thanks for this!