Skin is our largest organ. It protects us from the outside and gives us identity through complexion and form. We breathe through it. We feel through it. We sense through it. We experience comfort and love through it. The immediate attention of the trauma associated with burns is addressed in the media with the intensity of the acute event itself. What is easily forgotten is that burns alter an individual’s life forever and the journey of a burn survivor is a life long one. The photographic essay Beyond the Burn, did just that, it looks beyond the moment of the trauma and at the lives of survivors today. Please take the time to view their portraits and read their stories.
The image below, of burn survivor Ramesh was awarded the 2008 IRIS Award and also the 2008 Kodak Salon Award.
If you would like to participate in this project by sharing your own story, or if you would like to host an exhibition of the portraits, please contact us