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Erena Shimoda

Mailet Lopez in the 'Underwater Healing' series by Erena Shimoda.

Mailet Lopez, Breast Cancer Survivor

Described as ‘magically beautiful’ by participants, ‘Underwater Healing : About Face’ is a touching and unique project by photographer Erena Shimoda in which all of the subjects are cancer survivors. San Francisco based Shimoda combined her love of scuba diving and finely tuned photography skills to both create and capture a unique healing moment for her portraits for the series. Erica Yee, a breast cancer survivor who took part said the experience made her feel ‘weightless, ethereal and serene’ and that ‘working with Erena helped me see myself in a way I hadn’t since before I was diagnosed’. Few images manage to be senstive and uplifting with this amount of sincerity, but Underwater Healing manages to seamlessly fall within the category.

Erena continues the Underwater Healing portraits, but is also regularly commissioned for a whole range of projects, from fashion to engagement and maternity photographs.

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Lisa Smith in the 'Underwater Healing' series by Erena Shimoda.

Lisa Smith, Breast Cancer Survivor

Nicki Curns Kominek in the 'Underwater Healing' series by Erena Shimoda.

Nicki Curns Kominek, Hodgkin’s Disease Survivor

Words by Olivia Cooley. Images courtesy of Erena Shimoda.



Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

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