Sacha as a Child © Richard Ansett
There are occasionally unique moments that allow access to the privacy of a life otherwise unobtainable. These subjects were all moments away from colonic bi-pass or stomach reduction surgery and at the time of being photographed, detached from their old lives and bodies; they were looking forward to a new life offered by the potential salvation of surgery. This project was edited from a series of ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots and I have chosen to present the ‘before’ only. The subject Neil (Man living with mother (deceased) had already suffered 3 heart attacks at thirty years old; he was barely able to stand for longer than 10 seconds at a time. He had to make a decision between continuing without surgery and dying or risk death during surgery. He decided to go ahead with the surgery and died soon afterwards.
Prix de la Photographie – GOLD AWARD 2011
IPA International Photographic Awards 2011