In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month our October blog highlights forty-two images from two moving and inspiring photography exhibits created in 2006 and 2008. The exhibits feature portraits of breast cancer survivors from the communities of Darien and Greenwich, Connecticut. Ben donated his time to creating a poster title and design, and photographing the survivors. Each participant is featured in a poster that includes a portrait, medical history and lessons learned.
The exhibits were produced by the Foundation of Light, Inc. in partnership with Ben Larrabee Photography. The founders, Pam Zangrillo, Sharon Kratochvil and Claudia Sullivan, live in Darien and are breast cancer survivors themselves.
Ben and Trudie with the founders of Faces of Light®
We felt it was a perfect fit to do the project since Ben doesn’t photograph the way people look, he photographs their energy. Ben wanted to show each participant’s light – which is how we came up with the name Faces of Light®. He knew he could show the spirit, hope and emotion of these women so that viewers could connect to their stories. It’s an art exhibit with a message of hope.
The exhibits have made a huge impact within our community and beyond. They have inspired women to be vigilant about self-exams and mammograms.
In fact, Pam Zangrillo, one of the three producers of the Faces of Light exhibit, said “I learned that self exams are not to be forgotten. Even after going through breast cancer treatments, I was not doing regular self-exams because I’m so cystic and lumpy. I can’t tell what I am feeling. As I worked on this project, and read the stories for the Faces of Light® exhibit, I was amazed how many women in our small sample detected their tumors by self exam. I will do regular self exams in addition to mammograms and ultrasounds every six months.”
See Ben’s portraits of the forty-two participants from the two exhibits.
Faces of Light® is a grass roots, community based campaign to celebrate survivorship while raising awareness that early detection saves lives and providing hope to those who will have to make this journey. Faces of Light ® is a continuing initiative of the Foundation of Light.
If you are interested in creating a Faces of Light® project in your community contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Faces of Light® is a registered trademark of the Foundation of Light, Inc.