Undergoing chemo therapy can be equated with a boxer being knocked out over and over again. Lying on the floor, dizzy and tired, he needs to get back on his feet, find focus and get ready for next round. For each round he loses more and more energy.
At the age of 26 I was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, which reshaped my worldview and ultimately led to a photography series entitled Emilie, a photographic self portrait of my five months undergoing chemotherapy.
I documented the confrontations and alienation by intuitively photographing myself mainly using the self-timer function. It became a very intimate engagement between me, my illness and my camera. As I pointed the camera towards myself I could examine my personal transformation in the process of my illness. Being a photographer I felt it was my call to capture my inner and outer journey for recovering. I never neglected or suppressed the fact that I was ill. That was a true fact so why not show it?