(Photo credit: Kerry Mansfield, Self-Portrait, Chemo 1st Cycle 01.2006)
(Photo credit: Kerry Mansfield, Self-Portrait, Chemo 3rd Cycle 02.2006)
(Photo credit: Kerry Mansfield, Self-Portrait, Chemo 4th Cycle 03.2006)
What makes photographer Kerry Mansfield’s series Aftermath hard to look at is also what makes it beautiful. Mortality is that particular aspect of humanity we prefer to acknowledge and dismiss until seemingly inevitable. Mansfield examines this inherent fragility with eloquent candor.
It was in that spirit of unknown endings, that I picked up my camera to self document the catharsis of my own cancer treatment. No one was there when these pictures were made, just my dissolving ideas of self and a camera. And what began as a story that could have ended in many ways, this chapter, like my treatment, has now run its course. While I can’t say everything is fine now, I will say, “These are the images of my Home – as it was then”, and with a little luck, there will be no more to come.
As a photographer, I’ve spent most of my career looking deeply into the spaces we inhabit. The idea of Home – what it meant and how it felt, preoccupied my thinking. Almost all my pictures were of the spaces we live in or the things we live with. But at the age of 31, a diagnosis of breast cancer forced me to redefine my ideas of home.
See the rest of Mansfield’s Aftermath series at www.kerrymansfield.com