In June 2010 a good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. This sensitive and challenging photographic project is in response to her story. My aim is to try and express thoughts and emotions through a combination of text and the Derbyshire landscape.

The Beginning...

May 23, 2012 by Valerie Dalling   Comments (0)

When I started this project I knew it would be very challenging for me as it is so very different to anything I have done before. Usually I go out with my camera and make work purely from my own response to something I might see in passing, and so it begins. This time my friend is my work. 

You think you know someone, and yet I have seen a very different side to her over these last two years. As we have spent time together, particularly for this project, I have listened, and tried to understand, but how could I possibly express through my photographs what she is thinking and feeling? 

I did spend a lot of time in the library, as it was important for me to research other artists. (Do I mention names here I wonder? I am not sure, but if you are interested please do get in touch, I am happy to help).

Having made countless notes, I had to begin narrowing it all down in some way. What was helping my friend get through this? Was there anything she kept returning to in our conversations? Glad I have my little pink book, I will need to refer back...