Hannah Cooper - Chromosome 17
"Chromosome 17 focuses around the BRCA1 Breast Cancer gene that runs in my family. Through looking and re-creating the images of my family, it gave me the power to make others more aware of the genetic mutation and also come to terms with my experience with it.
It effected me a lot growing up. I lost both my aunt and my grandmother to Breast Cancer before I even got to meet them and at the age of 7/8, I watched my mum have preventative surgery (double mastectomy) in order to be sure she would be here to see myself and my brother grow up.
Although I have found out that I do not carry the genetic mutation myself, many of my family do and will have to face the anxiety and struggle of dealing with a ticking time bomb. The photographs of my family were re-photographed on film, made fragile using alternative methods, scanned and edited to attempt to reflect this genetic mutation and mimic the destructive effect that its had on my family over the years."
"My practice is mainly photographing landscapes and wildlife but also working on personal fine art projects which range from looking at our perceptions of the media, stained glass windows in churches to the above Chromosome 17 project. I enjoy working with a different mediums from digital to analogue hoping that my work seeks to make people question the way they look at the world and invite them to see things from a new perspective."
Words and images by Hannah Cooper