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Written by Brittany Daulton   
Monday, 20 June 2011 07:55

Exposing the Scars of Breast Cancer
Learn more about this Pulitzer-winning Scar photography exhibit, which features young breast cancer survivors and exposes more than just their scars and baldness, slated to come to Cincinnati this Fall.
Photographer David Jay

After 15 years in the fashion industry, photographer David Jay found himself looking at life through the lens of a close friend's cancer diagnosis. Through this experience, he learned that cancer changes many things - in your life, and especially to your body - that people don't know much about.


He decided to use his photography talents to inform and inspire. Enter, "The Scar Project," a photography exhibit he created to raise awareness about breast cancer and celebrate the courage and spirit of those women affected. 062011health.gif


The Scar Project is in honor of the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually. The photographs show women between the ages of 18-35 who are living with and have survived breast cancer. The young women in the photographs journey from all over the country to New York City to become a part of the exhibit that celebrates their survival, reflects on their journey and empowers a new sense of femininity.


Vanessa Tiemeier, local breast cancer survivor and a subject of The Scar Project, believes that the exhibit makes her story about more than her scars and her spoken words. After visiting the exhibit, she teamed up with fellow survivors Joules Evans and Shelly Emrick, as well as Litsa Spanos of Art Design Consultants (ADC) in Cincinnati to bring the exhibit here to the Tri-State.


"Originally, I was just brought on to provide the space for the exhibit. But, after I personally viewed the photographs and met Vanessa, Joules and Shelly, I knew I wanted to become more involved in bringing this message to our local community," says Litsa Spanos, owner of ADC. "So many people have been affected by cancer, and the message of the exhibit resonates with all. This exhibit is so different from what ADC does on a daily basis, there is so much meaning within each photograph and I want to share this message with Cincinnati." 062011health3.jpg


ADC is an art gallery located in downtown Cincinnati. They work to support local talent in Cincinnati, and always seek out local artist first for their projects. "I want to give back to the community through using local artists and artwork," says Spanos. 


Cincinnati is the first city outside of New York City to be given the opportunity to host the Pulitzer winning exhibit. Riding on the heels of the Race for a Cure event in Cincinnati, The Scar Project will arrive at ADC on September 29 and be open through the weekend. It will be the perfect way to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month! 


Elizabeth-InStory.gif The exhibit will begin with an opening night gala, a ticketed event that will benefit a local cancer center and breast cancer research. The exhibit will be open for public viewing throughout the weekend of Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 with private gallery tours with photographer David Jay also available. Tickets and info will be made available on The Scar Project Cincinnati blog at Proceeds from the event will go to the Pink Ribbon Girls in Cincinnati.


The Scar Project has a mission of three different purposes: Raise public consciousness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research/outreach programs and help young survivors see their scars, faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering lens. Its debut in Cincinnati not only spreads this message throughout our community, but allows us to celebrate breast cancer survivors from within and outside the city. These women have stories to be told, and with the help of The Scar Project they can begin to accept their journeys and move forward with a pride that’s well deserved.


 The Scar Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay.


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