31 Jan 2013
So this blog is not about my experience behind the lens but how the experience behind and in front of the lens can change lives.
Some of you will have seen my links on face book since Saturday evening and some wont have but I wanted to draw attention of as many of you as possible. I am so passionate about this particular subject that I wanted to blog about it. The story of a girl who fell in love got married and just 6months later discovered she had Breast Cancer. Her name is Jill Brzezinski-Conley she lives in the US with her husband Barton and when she found out she had Cancer I have no doubt she went through some dark times, but she made a decision to try and share her story with as many people as possible, I have heard it and it's incredible.
I don't want to give too much away because I hope you'll spare 15 minutes to watch the mini documentary created by Hailey Bartholomew. Hailey is a talented film maker and photographer from Australia. It's a film with music and interviews cut throughout. It's not like a TV documentary, it's a truly beautiful piece of art. Hailey was brought on board by Sue Bryce an Australian portrait photographer who has now relocated to the US. It was an educational workshop that Sue did and an email from one of Jill's best friends and a photographer Nikki Closser that brought these women together, to create the most stunning still and moving images, displaying all sides of this inspiring story, of a woman who is fighting and doesn't want anyone else to have to.
I don't know about you but I have done the race for life and donate to breast cancer charities, I'm a woman after all but I don't do it for me, I do it because I don't want to see other families go through the pain Cancer brings. I naively perhaps think, it won't happen to me. But sometimes I'll sit in a room with my girl friends and that stat enters my head, 1 in 3, 1 in 3, it really could happen to me or someone I love and not just women I'll never know.
This video showed me the true reality, it could happen to anyone, Cancer does not discriminate, when was the last time you checked? Honestly, for me (until I watched this) it's been months and that's all it takes for Cancer to do it's thing. Please watch this film listen, live and love. Jill is the most beautiful woman from the inside out she wants to do something to educate us. This is not a film that focuses on the Cancer but a film that focuses on what is really important LIFE and LOVE. Be scared of Cancer not a mammogram. Have tissues at the ready.
Here is the link to a light that shines Jill's story.
Sadly Jill passed away earlier this year, devastating for her husband and family and those close to her but also for all those who had grown to know and love Jill through this documentary and all the hard work she put in to Jill's wish Foundations her TV appearances and her never ending fighting spirit. May she rest in peace knowing her story and what she stood for lives on. Love yourself as you are exist in photos live your life. I am certain the images Sue Bryce took of Jill are some of the most treasured images Bart owns of his wife I hope they and the story behind them bring him comfort.