Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Gifts of Life Photo Project...

Although the project name is similar this is unrelated to my campaign... I just think it is a great idea and thought this blog would be a great way of getting the word out there!

Gifts of Life is an exciting new photographic project by Sarah Milne in partnership with the national organ donation awareness charity 'Live Life Then Give Life'.

The work captures people who are waiting for or who have received a gift of life in the form of a transplant. It also explores the impact on those left behind when someone, sadly, does not receive their gift in time to save their life. Sarah is Mum to William who, at the age of four, received a small bowel transplant in November 2008.

The work will be exhibited in the Menier Gallery, London from December 14th - 19th 2009 before going on tour around the UK in 2010 Please keep revisiting this site and the blog for the latest news.

Gifts of Life also incorporates a set of photos by the photographer Holly Cocker, another photographer (and one of Holly's Helpers) who received her gift of a kidney from best friend Oli. Holly was diagnosed with ESRF (end stage renal failure) in 2003, and waited five long years on the transplant list for a new kidney before Oli came forward and in a pure act of selflessness donated his kidney to her in October 2008. Holly will be doing a series of portraits of live donors and their recipients to capture the extraordinary relationship and strong bond that exists between them.

I am going to be getting involved in the project myself by having my picture taken by Sarah and hopefully will get a chance to visit the gallery and see the exhibition.

So if you want to get involved too, there are several ways you can:

Have you received a transplant and would be willing to be photographed?
Do you know of any venues that would be able to hold an exhibition?
Or could you promote the project/exhibition?

Then get in touch with Holly and Sarah at the website here or check out the latest news on the project on its blog.

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