Last week I went to a remarkable photo exhibition presented by PhotoSensitive and Prostate Cancer Canada. TIEd Together is a black-and-white multimedia exhibition that honours Canadians’ experiences with prostate cancer.
PhotoSensitive is a non-profit group of photographers whose mission is “to harness the power of the camera to achieve social goals…They believe an excellent photograph has the potential to effect social change, to make a difference, to expand a viewer’s field of vision.”
By exploring the experience of living with a life threatening illness PhotoSensitive opens a dialogue about difficult topics, creating communities of common experience, and exposing stories that would otherwise go unheard. They prove that creative expression through photography can have a social impact.
Its not evident enough in the exhibit that prostate cancer isn’t an old man’s disease. There’s only a few examples of young men like swim champ Alex Baumann and CBC Dragon Den star Brett Wilson who are in their forties. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but my personal favourite is this one of a father and son. It’s so hopeful and speaks to the inclusiveness of the dad, the respect he has for his son, and the strong bond of shared honesty between the two. It [...] continue the story