It is this latter sentiment which has driven both series of portraits. “I want to promote dignity and respect for people who don’t conform to what is perceived as ‘the norm’,” says Regan. This is a sentiment which Cardoso echoes: “we are not used to being confronted with physical disfigurement which is a reality for women who have had breast cancer”.
Uncovered eschews societal notions of beauty, and negotiates the relationship between physical health problems and their psychological impact. It is supported by the charities Alopecia UK and The Pink Ribbon Foundation.
Uncovered runs 14th-20th May at the Frameless Gallery in Clerkenwell, London. For more information, visit http://www.uncovered-exhibition.co.uk.
Words: Jack Casey