In January 2016, a dear person within my family's life was diagnosed with breast cancer. Genetically, it was expected to happen, but emotionally it was devastating news. Suzannah, who is an incredible and hilarious woman, was faced with something that lacks a sense of humor. At the time of her diagnosis, the discussion of “fake tits, post-op” offered an optimistic, yet prosthetic edge. The harsh reality, that part of a person’s identity could be stripped away by disease and then reconstructed by choice, inspired The Fake Tit Fund.
Boobs, fake boobs, no boobs. Please get in touch.
My aim was to explore the reality of breast reconstruction following breast cancer treatment. I planned to document the physical processes of healing and adapting to a new identity and new breasts. As I began approaching people on Instagram, I noticed many survivors opting out of reconstruction, documented through their personal accounts, as well as publicity surrounding "going flat" in the media. My focus broadened as I became aware of vastly different aesthetic decisions.
TFTF is an awareness project that supports visual representation of the breast cancer community after treatment through documentary portraiture and archiving images found on social media. The objective is to visually demonstrate the large demographic of breast cancer survivors and their differing treatments and recovery processes. Through the archive of submitted and found images, and a photographic series that will develop as the TFTF community expands, we aim to offer a sense of support to those dealing with this difficult, and often very private transition.
Isabel Ulatowski, founder + director
Interview with monochromesluts.com