- Shari Tucker, Nova Scotia
- Now 27, Ryan Joudrey has been cancer-free for over five years. Although shy at times, he was determined to overcome the obstacles facing him during his fight with acute lymphocytic leukemia. He says, "I sincerely doubt I would be alive today without the love and support of family, friends, doctors, and nurses.
An outdoor photo exhibition, at Spring Garden Road beside the Dalhousie School of Architecture, aims to put a real face on cancer survivors, victims and loved ones. Cancer connections, a cross-Canada touring show, is sponsored by the Canada Cancer Society and PhotoSensitive, an organization that uses black-and-white photography to draw attention to social issues like child poverty and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Walking through the main archway of photography, which envelopes like a warm hug, it’s hard not to become emotional, especially when the images involve children. Each photo is accompanied by a small write-up, as the situations are not always what you think. Some photos show bodies clearly wasting away, some contain the joy of recovery, while others, like a headshot of “Margaret” (taken by C. Taeuschel), shows a widow who stares directly into the camera, as if she’s still looking for answers. The show is up until September 27. For more photos, as well as audio interviews, visit photosensitive.com/cc.