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The Scar Project

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© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

When fashion and beauty photographer David Jay’s good friend developed breast cancer at 32, the focus of his art took an unexpected turn. His friend let him photograph her mastectomy scars in which he saw great strength and beauty. Then he was asked to photograph a couple of other cancer survivors’ scars, too. Thus was born The Scar Project, a series of large scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors.

“On the surface an awareness raising campaign for young women, The SCAR Project’s deeper message is one of humanity. Ultimately, The SCAR Project is not about breast cancer, but the human condition itself; the images transcend the disease, illuminating the scars that unite us all.” –The Scar Project mission statement

These would be stunning portraits even without the scars and the deeper meaning. He’s published a book of the photographs, “The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer Is Not a Pink Ribbon.” It looks beautiful, but I’m not in love with the fact that he’s not donating any of the proceeds, so I’ve decided to instead donate what I would have spent on the book to Gilda’s Club.

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

© David Jay Photography

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “The Scar Project

  1. These are not just photographs, they are gut wrenching poignantly painful yet beautiful images of survival. My eyes are glistening with tears as I applaud each and every courageous warrior, as well as those who have battled alongside them in their journey. Take courage, and know you are each beautiful.

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  2. Each portrait tells a story without words; made more poignant by the variety of women and their expressions.

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  3. this is really great – *especially* because it shows how many of them are young. UNDER 40! and no one ever goes for a mammo before 40 unless they have family history. i’d say at least half my BC friends were under 40 and i was under 50. now i know a girl who got it stage 3 at age 27 and is now living with stage 4 and brain mets. you can’t start self exams too early! my own scar is very visible because my tumor was so high, so it’s always visible with tank tops and such. looks like a bullet hole. i got away with minimal scarring in the big scheme of things. my ‘dent’ on the left, scar under the arm from sentinel node and port scar.

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  4. Touching, beautiful photos. – Karen

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  5. Reblogged this on sometimes i think life is trying to kill me and commented:
    as someone who has thrived after breast cancer, dent, scars and all, i really appreciated this lovely post on MY OBT today.

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  6. What powerful imagery. I have never personally known anyone in my immediate family or friends that has had breast cancer, but it is still moving to me. It’s not just important for women, but everyone. Bringing an awareness to breast cancer as well as its survivors and their scars, their journey, their healing, their bodies. I am in awe of this work.

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  7. I love the scar project and have followed the Facebook page for a while now. So beautiful!

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