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It's a HOT topic right now and it's been in the news a lot lately, you've probably seen or heard something yourself.
What am I talking about? ............
Stephen Fry told the BBC recently he had undergone prostate cancer treatment and "it all seemed to go pretty well" were his words. He is currently recovering from surgery - get well soon Stephen.
Just a couple of weeks ago Prostate Cancer overtook Breast Cancer and now claims more lives each year, over 11,000 in fact. And 1 in 8 of us guys will probably get diagnosed at some point. It was seeing the numbers that kicked me into action to do something. Makes you think doesn't it? We should all get checked out, the tests are quite simple and straightforward, I'm about to book in for the PSA blood test myself.
Anyway, earlier this year I launched my 'MEN IN BLACK (& white)' portrait campaign. At this point I had no idea Prostate Cancer was going to get so much press, so I am expecting things to pick up pace from now on.
The idea is simple, to encourage guys of all ages and backgrounds to step forward and have a simple black and white portrait taken by me at my Tamworth studio in Staffordshire. The session is usually well under an hour in total, including reviewing and selecting your favourite images. For these sessions I shoot with the camera tethered to the computer so images are downloaded as we go. This makes the whole process really slick and is a huge time saver - something my subjects really appreciate. Together we'll create a powerful, dynamic portrait you'll be proud to own. I really love working with guys, we seem to be less hung up on our looks and the odd wrinkle or grey hair is no big deal.
I'm hoping to photograph as many men/boys as possible, to create a portrait that shows the sitters true personality and character. I then donate half their session fee to Prostate Cancer UK. Oh, and there's a beautiful black and white mounted print included for helping out.
So far I've raised £200, that's just 4% of my £5,000 target so I have a fair way to go. I have to say, I have really enjoyed these sessions so far, I can be creative and capture some very powerful images. In recent years I have photographed maybe 80% female to 20% male subjects. Why is it that men shy away from the camera? Come on guys, this is your time to SHINE!
If you'd like to get involved, or just find out more about my 'MEN IN BLACK (& white)' portrait project in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, you can go to this link HERE.
And to the ladies out there, gently nudge, politely encourage of just don't take NO for an answer and get your men involved.
Even if you feel it's not for you, please do share this and forward to your male colleagues, it would be amazing to not only hit my target, but to smash it clean out the water!
Here's a few of my favourites from the amazing guys I've photographed over the last few weeks for this MEN IN BLACK (& white) portrait project.
Please feel free to comment and share with as many as you are able. Thanks so much for reading and supporting this campaign.