Life with Endometriosis
Happy New Year!!
A new year is a good time to update my website and art photography.
I've built this new site as a showcase for my woman photography in 3 styles:
- artistic nudes
This site is undergoing updating and is now responsive to mobile phones, tablets and iPads. Unfortunately, it will take a little longer for me to update the galleries on this site, so I created a new site.
I've posted some new work, so go and have a look.
Endometriosis affects women worldwide. ‘Life with Endometriosis’ is demonstrating this by entering LensCulture international photography competition ‘Visual Storytelling Awards 2015’.
Click on above photo to go to LensCulture site and read more about the photos.
Now an international audience will view some of the varied experiences and impacts of endometriosis on women. These photos are my photographic responses to what women with endometriosis have told me. Their stories of chronic pain, missed opportunities, misunderstanding and neglect are heartbreaking. These photos are conceptual and expressive of emotion.
Endometriosis devastates on in ten women worldwide. Endometriosis urgently needs more funding for research for cures and better treatments.
‘Life with Endometriosis’ raises awareness by making endometriosis visible.
Please help raise awareness and link and forward to your friends and anyone interested in women’s health or photography.
It's over a year since the launch of ‘Life with Endometriosis’. A good time to think about what has been achieved. I have hear the stories and feelings from 20 women with endometriosis. Twenty lives disrupted. Twenty careers impacted. Twenty families struggling with consequences of living with chronic illness. Every story makes me more determined to raise awareness of endometriosis.
Endometriosis affects women worldwide, so I’m showing my photos at talks and entering exhibitions worldwide.
Photos from ‘Life with Endometriosis’ have been show:
- Manchester, UK at ‘Endometrisis Information Day’
- The Louvre, Paris, France ‘SeeMe Exposure Award’ pg 21
- Halifax, Canada in ‘Our Bodies Our Blood’
- Manuka Arts Centre, Canberra, Australia in ‘PhotoActivism’
- Belconnen, Canberra, Australia at our 'One Year Celebration'
- on LinkedIn post ‘What Can Men Do?’
Repeating themes I have photographed include:
- illness disrupting commitments,
- attitudes of managers and colleagues to time taken off work,
- the hidden nature of this disease,
- difficulty and painful moving the body,
- internal organs stuck together,
- major surgery such as bowel resection,
- depression and self harm,
- fighting the disease,
- painful sex,
- help from friends,
- the need for carers,
- resilience and positive attitude.
‘Life with Endometriosis’ is raising awareness by making endometriosis visible
Life with Endometriosis is a simple 3 stage project:
1. Tell me your story. It is totally up to you what parts of your life you tell me about - by email or phone.
2. Make photos. I think about how to translate into photos and email or phone to discuss suggestions. We plan photo sessions and have fun taking photos. You may like to make art too.
3. Display photos. I prepare the photos for display. They can be used in talks about endometriosis, in art exhibitions and in an art photo book.
I’ll continue to listening to women’s stories and experiences with endometriosis until May 2016.
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Contact me if you would like your story to help raise awareness:
Endometriosis? What is THAT!!
Watch a YouTube video invitation to joint me and become part of “Life with Endometriosis”:
'Life with Endometriosis' invitation by Margaret Kalms (YouTube)
Endometriosis is a debilitating and painful women’s reproductive disease. It is surprisingly common. It affects 10 - 15% of menstruating women. This rate is similar to women with breast cancer. While many people have heard about breast cancer, few have heard about endometriosis, even fewer understand the impact of endometriosis on women's lives.
There is still prejudice in talking about pelvic pain. Many people believe that menstrual pain is somehow normal! This results in delays in diagnosis that can extend pain and suffering unnecessarily. I decided to use my art, my photographic skills to challenge these ideas and prejudices, and to raise awareness of this insidious disease.
I’m dedicating an exhibition and an accompanying art book to this cause. "Life with Endometriosis", I call it. I imagine a gallery filled with art - several photos about each story from a dozen or so women and possibly including art created by some of the women. The accompanying book will be a lasting record of “Life with Endometriosis”.
Since August 2014, I have been meeting with women who live with endometriosis and have made recordings of their experiences. Progress with photography has been slower than I hoped because of delays and postponements due to ill health - which is all part of the endometriosis story. I am committed to this project. This will be a journey over many months, maybe years, as we visually explore the impacts of endometriosis on women’s lives.
I’m excited about the visual and photographic challenges this project will bring. It is a privilege to learn about other women’s lives and tell their stories.
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