Head wound | Head On Photo Festival

Head wound

Photographer's Name: 
Alex Vaughan

A self-portrait from the year that has been. 

It may play out like a domestic violence scene. 

But it’s not. 

This blood is from a tumour in my uterus. 

It causes excessive haemorrhaging at a moments notice. 

From my vagina. 

Does that make you feel uneasy? 

I’ve come to know the shame of this blood. 

It’s different to a blow to the head, a deep laceration to the chest. 

The blood from a woman’s uterus is unclean. 

At a time when women are losing power to make decisions over their own bodies, it's worth asking… 

Why is this blood different?

Festival Year: 
2017