One of my dearest friends. Since November of last year, she’s been fighting Triple X breast cancer and just yesterday went though 15 hours of surgery for a double mastectomy and lymph node excising. In November of 2023 I am having a show chronicling her battle with this insidious disease.
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My friend, Leslie wanted me to tell her story, form start to wherever in ends up over the course of one year. She is so dear to me and while it is a labor of love, it is also a labor of fear as to the negative possibilities which lurk each step of her journey. In telling the story, she wanted it to be raw and fully natural.
In keeping with the natural aspect of her journey, I have used noting but natural light - this particular shot lit from a window scrimmed by the sheer curtains.
Nikon D850, 50mm 1.4, f/4.5, 1/160, ISO 250, -1.33 EV
ACR for basic tonal control. On1 Portrait only for the teeth and eyes. TK8 for some burning on her short as I didn’t want to lose the short completely so she became a face in a sea of black but also didn’t want the short to be too dark.