Photo District News 2017 Awards Winner, Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer Carey Kirkella is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From her project ‘Exposed: AnaOno Intimates NYFW‘ . To see Carey’s body of work click on any image.
Flattopper Prider & Queer Cancer
Beauty Through The Beast
Volunteer State Leader
Young Survival Coalition
‘Exposed’, AnaOno Intimates and #Cancerland present breast cancer survivors on the runway during New York Fashion Week, February 2017. I met Dana Donofree, the designer of AnaOno Intimates, through photographing her for my ‘Sisters & Survivors’ book project in the making. Also, the first portrait subject for my ‘Sisters & Survivors’ project was Chiara D’Agostino, one of the models who walked in the show. AnaOno Intimates is a breast cancer survivor-focused lingerie and lounge wear line, which partnered with Champagne Joy, creator of the nonprofit Cancerland, Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer patient and MBC activist to organize the show. The concept for the show inspired me and I wanted to connect with some of the Metastatic Breast Cancer advocates participating in it. Unfortunately, Champagne Joy passed on as a result of her cancer in March 2017.
My goal with ‘Sisters & Survivors’ is to create portraits of breast cancer survivors / fighters with their sisters across the country, including a wide range of ages, races and socio-economic demographics. I plan to publish a book of these images along with the subjects’ stories to be used as a fundraising tool and have proceeds go toward metastatic breast cancer research. This project is important and personal to me because in 2013 my sister Renee suddenly lost her life to metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her bones. She was 40 years old and had been diagnosed four months before she passed away.
I want to do what I can to help raise awareness and research for metastatic breast cancer. Also, many of the portrait subjects that I photograph have used their experience with breast cancer to help other people through speaking engagements, writing, and creating organizations or products that help people recovering from or living with breast cancer. It’s my hope that my images will inspire more people to create positive social change in their own ways.
Lastly, through my photography, my goal is to help influence the positive self esteem of women and girls by photographing positive body image concepts, and photographing inspiring women in a variety of ways. My sister Renee was dedicated to instilling confidence in her (now thirteen year old) daughter Julia, and in other girls in her community. I like to think that I’m also continuing her mission through my work.
Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes
The Bald Ballerina
By Carey Kirkella