REVIVAL

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene


‘Revival’ is a documentary project influenced by the tragic loss of my mother due to cancer in 2017. Directly or indirectly, the disease engulfs all those involved. It leaves a mark not only on our bodies, but our lives as well. Witnessing the pain and death of a loved one is something even time cannot heal.

However, this photographic series is not concerned with the severe consequences of the disease. Instead, the work entails a narrative of the optimistic outcome of the battle with cancer, indistinguishable from the sense of unity, provoking an awareness that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Frightened by a life-threatening disease, we often forget what matters most – love and family. Embracing the struggle can allow us to evaluate these values in a new light.

Beauty and feminism manifest through black and white intimate portraits of Loralie, a young cancer survivor. Reflecting on her personal experiences while facing a shocking reality, this memoir revolves around the notion of reviving existence and self-affirmation.The expression of bravery, beliefs, faith and hope has also been embedded in this series.

Closely linked to her physical and emotional wellbeing, Loralie’s strong connection with family, friends and God continues to play a significant role in her revival.

Fashion portraiture and still close-ups blend with the documentary memoir, being the primary focus of the work. Some photographs have symbolical meanings, while others embody the experiences and emotions of post-cancer patients. Regardless, this is a story for everyone.

Life is a roller coaster – at least that’s how Loralie’s life can be described. Her future is bright – in a few months, she would be walking down the aisle to share a lifetime with her loved one. But her dreams of marriage have been shattered the day she learnt she had cancer. At the age of 28, she was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma.

Life is like a ray of sunlight, and the future is bright again.

Waiting to fly away.

Looking towards the future.

Live to make your dreams come true.

Looking back to the past.

The stages of life before and after, are proof of existence today.

A smile can take the pain away.

Family and friends are a reminder that you cannot give up the fight.

Find the strength to win the battle.

There are many roads in life, but the Lord will lead the way.

The moment of truth is revealed after months of carrying this burden.

Holding the key to revival. 

I won the battle.

   “My name is Loralie, and I am a cancer survivor.”

This project is the result of an incredible collaboration between Loralie and me, as we went through painful memories and exciting journeys across some beautiful locations within the United Arab Emirates, allowing her to truly be herself. 

l am grateful for the opportunity to get to know her. Her courage and strength in confronting the disease is inspiring. Her smile shines even when pain overpowers her body – it is the light within that emits hope. 

In the anticipation of changing someone’s life, I have included advice from my personal experience here. Listen to your body – observe if anything looks or feels different than usual. Get a physical examination regularly. Love yourself. Stay close to your family. Appreciate every moment. Do not take life for granted and embrace it. 

View e-book: https://issuu.com/ioannaz/docs/revival

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