A camera as her therapy

Alexandra Avakian/Contact Press Images

Some of us write, some of us paint, some of us draw, some even doodle; whatever form of creative expression comes most naturally to us, we make sense of our cancer diagnosis and treatment through creative expression. For photojournalist, Alexandra Avakian, it was the most natural thing to turn to her camera, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. In a moving series of photographs, Avakian charts her journey with breast cancer, from her own self-portraits to photos of her son Sebastian in a shop full of wigs.

To see all the photos from Ms. Avakian, go to the Lens blog, “Behind the Scenes: A Camera as Therapy.” And to see more of Ms. Avakian’s work go to her “Windows of the Soul” blog on the National Geographic web site.

Source: New York Times Blogs/Well

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