This is my friend, Kris, and his kids – Sadie, Max & Sonja. There’s someone very important missing from these photos… Franya Berkman – his wife, their mother, sister, friend, daughter, scholar, musician, teacher, writer – passed away on August 26th from complications due to breast cancer. I have been honored with the job of documenting this time of grieving and honoring for this beautiful family, but I wish with all of my heart that I was able to photograph Franya as well.
When you look at these photos, your initial reaction may be sadness or feeling sorry for them. It IS sad… but its also a beautiful story of a family learning how to go on after such a tremendous loss. Its the story of a man wanting to bring awareness to something that has affected his and his children’s lives so deeply in the name of helping others. Its the story of these 4 people and all the people who love them honoring the life and spirit of the woman they lost in the most beautiful and profound ways. So while the image and the story may make you feel sad and sorry, the purpose behind the photo is to give you pause to think a little deeper about what has happened here. To honor them and yourself by being AWARE of breast cancer and taking whatever precautions you can to avoid it affecting your own life. ♥
Kris has embarked on an amazingly powerful project to bring awareness to breast cancer in a most impactful way. Photographs of families who have been affected by breast cancer. Families left with a big gaping hole where an irreplaceable mother should be. If you know a family who has lost a Momma to breast cancer, please pass along the word of Kris’ efforts and encourage them to visit the site and submit a photo.
I ask of you to share this post – on facebook, email, twitter, whatever. These photos are meant to be seen and pondered. Thanks so much!!!