A family visit to a museum turned out to be a life-changing and possibly life-saving event for one woman, all thanks to a thermal camera. When she visited Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburg, the thermal camera detected that she had breast cancer while it was still in an early stage.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research. For some, October is the only month of the year when we think about breast cancer. For others, it’s something faced on a daily basis. That is the situation for photographer Joe Hoddinott and his partner Jess McIntern (not her real last name).
For the past four years, Joe has been photographing Jess underwater. It’s been a personal passion. Something they have done to create for themselves. In March 2016, Jess was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite the obvious issues, Jess wanted to continue these under photography sessions throughout her treatment. DIYP got in touch with Joe to find out more about them and the project.
Losing her mother to ovarian cancer and being in high risk of getting breast cancer herself, Aniela McGuinness had an appointment to schedule a preventative double mastectomy. Just three days earlier, however, she was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer.
Rather than letting cancer get the best of her, Aniela fought back and used photography and humor to help her get through the rough times.
See how these creative photo shoots helped Aniela go beyond just surviving cancer, and show other women that breast cancer does not have to ruin their life.
Warning: prepare to be smacked straight in the face with a huge dose of inspiration.