“When I shoot, I have an out of body experience,” Amelia [Coffaro, a freelance photographer who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 28] says. “I don’t feel afraid to know what the doctors are going to say.” By using Instagram, she feels that she has a more immediate and direct connection with others, allowing them to see her experiences in real time.”
Amelia’s friend and fellow photographer Elizabeth Griffin has also been documenting Amelia’s journey. Elizabeth’s photos combined with Amelia’s Instagram shots allow the viewer to not only see the struggle of a cancer patient from the outside, but also to feel and witness the struggle through the eyes of the patient herself.
The project, which they call “Project Amelia,” is meant to challenge assumptions about cancer — and to put a frame around the struggles faced by women with breast cancer.
Capturing Life With Cancer At 28
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Griffin and Amelia Coffaro