The Scar Project; Breast Cancer is Not a Pink Ribbon

Prepare to be moved. About the SCAR project:

The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.

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See more images here.

There isn’t one image that isn’t moving in some way. I could seriously post every single one of them.

My mom survived breast cancer, among a slew of other things. She’d be an amazing candidate for this project. Scars on her legs, chest and breast.

What an amazing project. Let’s toast to science and awareness.


If all else fails, I could always roast coffee at a tourist trap in Bali

One of the places we visited in Bali was a coffee farm on the way to a volcano.

A little 16-year-old girl took us on the tour where were able to see lots of different plants growing, like clove, vanilla, cocoa, etc.

While on the tour, we were able have our photo taken while stirring up some beans.

We also tried Luwak coffee, which is made from feeding a cat-like animal coffee beans. The workers collect the shit from said animal, and roast the shat beans and sell for about a zillion dollars a pound.

Okay, maybe it was $50 or more a pound. I’m not sure it was that good.

Here are a couple other shots we’re editing this afternoon:


Revisiting street photography

Yesterday I posted a shot of a guy in Times Square holding up an apocalyptic sign. I’ve been playing catch up with a lot of different work, and I’ve had one computer dedicated to backups and archives of old projects.

That’s where I found the shot of the man and also this one of the gazing young girl.

The girl was being photographed by the curly-haired dude in the right of the frame. Well, she’s not being photographed at that second. They’re taking a bit of a break.

I was using a 50 MM lens so I’m fairly close to her. I’m almost positive she knew I was shooting her. I loved the gaze. I loved the color of her dress.

I ran the image through a couple touchups, and I decided to post a comparison to show how even a pretty girl can benefit from minor touchups and we can all benefit from Photoshop in general. Since I never responded to Biodork on the topic from this thread, I feel it’s still an important issue to talk about.

Here’s a side by side comparison. Try to look past the color differences. That’s not what we’re covering. Click to enlarge.

The differences are primarily a smoother skin tone, brighter whites in her eyes, and reduced baggage under her eyes. 🙂

Reduced baggage. Ha.

The photo is naturally grainy, because I took it on the street and it’s night. When you look closely, there’s a natural uneven skin tone that we all have. And maybe you didn’t know or realize it was there, but side-by-side, it makes a difference.

I didn’t spend a lot of time on this image, but I thought I would point it out.