8,225,281. To date, that is the wild number of people who have seen the youtube video of my dear friend Deborah Cohan. Quintessential Deb, she staged a flash mob in the OR to gear up for her double mastectomy. An improvised recording and upload later, images of Deb’s “joy trumps fear” experience took off. Thousands of strangers, meme-like, sent their own dancing images in return.
My photography found a fine place in Deb's healing process, alongside Tibetan herbs and a polar cap, as my best way of listening.
Serendipitously, I moved to town a week before Deb’s breast cancer diagnosis. “Could you take a few pictures of me before surgery?” We danced up a storm and made visual testimonies of Deb’s body and movement. That series was the first in a steady stream, still in progress, that reaches far beyond Deb's surgery and rounds of chemotherapy.