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South Afrian Scar

Published November 28th, 2012

I had the pleasure of photographing my new friend Brett. I went to school with his wife, and after swapping stories of how we remember eachothers embarrassing appearance in high school, it turns out we only live two streets away from each other. Brett is my very first subject for my “Scars” project!! Yewwww! This is his scar and this is his story.

“The scar that sits on my left cheek just under my eye is one of many scars that I wear. Although there are other scars with more exciting stories, this particular scar generates the most interest. It is the most visible of my scars and with it’s jagged shape it seams to get the most attention because of its resemblance of a "shark attack" or a "knife wound". For a South African both assumptions are a valid possibility.

Looking past the visual reasons of why this scar is so interesting, it’s true meaning lies in what it represents. Much like flag or badge of honor, it is something that I wear daily with pride. It represents where I c ...

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The Scars We Wear // Personal Project

Published November 28th, 2012

I have decided to start my first photographic personal project ever, based off of the life experiences that I have had the last few years. In late August of 2011 I had a back surgery on my L5-S1 after being out on disability for over a year and trying every un-invasive remedy possible. Years of trying to heal my injury finally came to a head, and I found my self in a place where an operation was my only option. Being injured for me has pretty much been the most difficult thing that I have ever had to go through in my life, and I think in some weird way the concept of this project is to try and explain my exsperence through making images and writing about the stories of others.

Living a life in debilitating pain not only left me unable to work or participate in any of the sports that I love, but it literally rendered me lost, and without any sense of identity or purpose. It was somewhere in this experience that a good friend, after seeing my portfolio from Mexico, handed me a came ...

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Published August 2nd, 2011

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