Student photographer Madeline Morales has had experiences most 15 year-olds have not. She has undergone chemotherapy and radiation.But today will be a unique kind of experience something most people will never have. It makes me feel excited, a little bit of nervous.A gallery show with Morales’s photos on display.These images reflect her journey while battling cancer.
I tried to look at things with a lot of light, a lot of what draws me to positivity; something that means love or happiness. I think with photography and having that faith of God has really helped me a lot and to staying positive and being motivated to want to keep fighting this disease .
Morales is one of 23 students sharing their experiences with cancer through photos at this gallery. They are graduates of the PABLOVE foundation’s SHUTTERBUGS advanced photography class.
Being in these classes with other people that completely understand their experience and can be a community with them has been really a packed full and has really made them feel a lot more comfortable and what they’ve been through and where they’re going with it.
The PABLOVE SHUTTERBUGS program offers classes in eight cities across the United States.
Proceeds from sales of these prints will go toward pediatric cancer research grants.
Hello my name is Bayu Lukman and I have some photos in this gallery. Most of my photo themes focused on hope. This is Bayu Lukman’s photo.This butterfly in a way how it flies, it kind of represents the feeling of optimism I’d say.
And optimism is needed when fighting cancer and the effects of chemotherapy and radiation says Lukman who was diagnosed with cancer when he was 10 years old.
You kind of get really depressing, you don’t want to live anymore. You need stay in optimistic and pushed yourself through
With photography many young students gain an identity that is not dictated by cancer.
There’s more to us than just having cancer,that we have more of stories to tell besides cancer.We want people to see what we see even if it’s through the lens.
Problem helped me understand more about the struggles of cancer and has given me a small chance to actually assist in the world a bit with photography. I’d say to express my story and allow it to hopefully reach other kids so they can understand how to deal with it hopefully.
To cope by not only using photography as an engaging distraction but also a tool to document their struggle with cancer and share their stories with the world.
Elizabeth Lee VOA news Los Angeles