Just over a year ago I started a photo project with Katie Mazurek. Here’s how it all started.
Life authentic – facing diagnosis
For some time now, I have been contemplating the value of authenticity in my life and in my passion of image making. Living this great gift of life with cognizance, and the motivation to sort out what is real, what is meaningful; and on the other hand, what is unreal, not authentic and can be dispensed with. Seeking Life Authentic.
Well… I got a message from a client of mine from 2007, asking me if I was interested in a project and she said that “time was of the essence”. The next day we were able to connect. I asked what was going on that was so timely and what is this project. Katie was reaching out for some imaging of her and her sweet family as she is facing the life shaking diagnosis of breast cancer. Katie is 34, married to a fine man and they have two beautiful young daughters.
It’s then, it’s what she told me next that totally turned me on a dime.
She said that this shocking reality of going headlong into treatment and surgery had changed her life and that all of a sudden everything in her life that was not authentic was falling away! I knew from her words that I had found a very important and meaningful task. Time to give!
Yesterday, I visited Katie, Tom, their two daughters and Katie’s ‘sister’ Jes.
Here in lies the beginning of a journey in life. A journey that many women face these days and one that I am honored to capture and share, for Katie and her family as well as others that might find beauty, strength and inspiration. Here’s to the VICTORY of Katie over this disease.
A year of treatment
After seeing Katie go through so much over this last year, I look forward to seeing them all again and continuing this project.
‘PROJECT’ sounds so disassociated with reality. The reality is Katie is a dear friend and this is more about friendship and support than it is about being a ‘project’! I just want to make that clear. I just happen to be a friend with a camera.
Here is a selection of just a few of the many moments that I have been honored to capture in Katie’s life. Hopefully I can add to this story in the near future. Larry
This story of life touched me a lot. Thank you Larry and Katie Mazurek. You are truly amazing. May God bless you both!
Larry, you have been a great inspiration to me in photography, but this is another side of what you can inspiring me with a lovely storytelling with pictures.
I want to send you a big thanks!
Ernesto, You are very welcome. This whole photo adventure was Katie’s idea and I am honored that she was so inspired and sought me out.
I have always admired your work – even though I have only worked with you one time. Your work has always been authentic. But as a breast cancer survivor viewing this visual journal you have touched me, brought tears to my eyes, and reminded me that survival is sweet, empowering and yes, authentic. Thank you for sharing – it brought back those recovery days, and made me smile knowing I have been on the other side for 8 years. God Bless!
Thank you for your kind words. I am pleased that you were touched so deeply. Good health and a long happy life!!!