Help For Heroes
Canon 5D Mark III
ALTERED is a body of photographic work that aims to encourage inclusion by displaying the honesty of physical alterations. It focuses on individuals who have unwillingly embarked on life-changing body alterations due to illness, war, accidents and violence. The intention is to illuminate people who often feel marginalised and contribute to conversations about equality and diversity. By combining a classical fashion aesthetic with a humanist focus, the work asks the viewer to explore themselves through the prism of others and to challenge or confirm their belief system regarding body image and its representation. The process of making these works also aims to encourage the sitters to increase their confidence and reclaim their identity, employing the practice of the ‘therapeutic gaze’ whereby the artistic process can take its participants on an emotional journey of self-discovery. Dan is a charismatic, enigmatic, full of life, emotionally intelligent, nothing is impossible, kinda guy. He is a veteran, former King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery soldier, who lost his arm and shoulder in a terrible motorbike accident between duty. “Beauty is a term that has become more synonymous with aesthetics, that’s all well and good but I feel, beauty is relevant to each and every individual. It is about being comfortable in your own skin, it’s about knowing and accepting who you are." ALTERED was born from wanting to learn people’s stories and champion the beauty of each individual. “The body and its form are mostly seen as a disfiguration once you lose a part of your body… but this process really has helped me to embrace who I am. Another turning point on my road of self-discovery.” - Tim, sitter from Altered.
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