Jai

Jai

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Jai- 'A few days after my 50th birthday, after the best weekend of my life in Brighton, I was told I had breast cancer. When I was asked to go into the hospital to get the results of my tests, I knew they were bad just from the faces of the doctors and nurses. I was told I needed to have both breasts removed and shown the portfolio of the surgeon's work. I was shown this work under the assumption that I wanted reconstruction; they had nothing to show what simply having breasts removed would look like, which was the option I was interested in. I went home and lockde myself away, looking for images of people who had had a removal- peoples who were 'flat'. Thankfully my surgeon did exactly what I asked for and I am grateful to her. It was hard to adjust to my new body and it took time to learn how to dress and how to stand- you lose your hair, skin tone, your figure, even your balance! I ended up feeling very boyish for the first year post-surgery even though pre-cancer I had always been very womanly. I almost felt non-gender, I dressed like a boy, had short hair and it made me realise that your normal self is still there irrespective of the body you're in. I am a people person, I especially have a heart for women, and since the changes cancer has brought I would tell them to completley love themselves right here and now and dont stress about the small things'.

As a business, every year we strive to support a #charity /charitable causes which we feel passionate about and we want to share the chosen one with you too. This year we are delighted to be offering our services and distribution channels without charge to an initiative - The Life Exhibition - led by our inspirational Flat Space Art photographer @zoelaw in support of @maggiescentres - support centres for people living with cancer across the UK.

Zoe’s project centres on a touring exhibition of life size photographic images of real people living with cancer. All involved have been invited to Zoe’s studios with their loved ones to participate in the shoot and each photograph tells a story - uniquely personal and empowering. Under the helm of CEO Laura Lee @maggiescentres still thrives under the same constitution and blueprint created by the original founder Maggie who sadly passed away in 1995, a year before the first centre opened. All images from the exhibition will be available through our sales channels and every penny from the proceeds will go direct to the charity. Currently on tour in Manchester the work has been on display @christiesinc and we hope to raise as many funds as possible for the charity who do such vital work in helping people at a vulnerable and frightening time in their lives.

Please help us help them. Click on the link in the bio and/or the post for information on purchasing prints from the exhibition. All
Proceeds will go to @maggies - “A gift is not just a gift!”
#charity #flatspaceart
Life experience led Zoë to photography. Having spent her early 20’s in the music industry, A&R at Sony Music and Virgin, she then went on to become a successful makeup artist. Zoë worked within Fashion, shooting for publications such as Glamour, Elle, Vogue and many more. She was lucky enough to work with huge names in film and music, from Sienna Miller to Dido. Her vast experience shooting in all scenarios, on location, and studio work gave her a clear direction of where her photography niche would take her.
“My focus is always with the subject. Therefore I like to be prepared, in an environment I can control. That’s why studio work is where I feel most at home. I’m not battling the elements there, or concerned about the ambient light changing. In the studio everyone is relaxed, everyone can have fun!
Inspiration for me comes from a whole variety of factors; Firstly, the subjects themselves, but also movie stars, directors and an array of incredible photographers – Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Peter Lindbergh, Annie Leibovitz and so on.
I adore black & white imagery because it is iconic, versatile and stands the test of time.”