There’s no denying all of our lives have been touched by cancer in some way, and for Halifax photographer Ed Boulter, that came in the form of a diagnosis in 2002. A cancer survivor, Boulter has since begun to use his talents and free time to start the initiative Forget Cancer, where those affected by the disease are photographed in a variety of themes and poses as a way to focus on something else, even if just for a moment.
Originally the shoots were just Boulter and the survivor, but now he has a whole team working with him – hair, makeup, wardrobe, and lighting assistant. The shoots expanded and popularity, and has even been converted into a local, volunteer-driven community TV show.
Having started the intitiative in 2016, Boulter has photographed 16 survivors, who are called ‘Stars’, to date, with a waiting list that’s still growing to this day. While the project is entirely volunteer, Boulter has amassed a large team of generous and talented people—some of which are industry professionals—to help make these shoots happen.
See below for more of these inspiring images, and watch the video above to hear more about Forget Cancer from Boulter himself!