Aftermath | Head On Photo Festival

Aftermath

Photographer's Name: 
Paula Broom

This self-portrait, shot in the mirror of my hospital bathroom after my breast conserving surgery to remove a malignant lump, shows me staring at my bruised and sore left breast and nipple, with all the scars my body bears from previous major surgery visibly exposed. This shot would not have happened without my smart phone, which proved to be a vital tool in allowing me to follow the process of my own breast cancer treatment from diagnosis onwards, as if watching from the outside, like a mere observer, rather than the patient enduring the process.

Festival Year: 
2017