LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Last year, Palmetto photographers Jennifer Soos-Brancifort and Salvatore Brancifort collaborated with Lakewood Ranch plastic surgeon Josh Kreithen to create an art show celebrating breast cancer survivors.
They were amazed with the willingness of the patients to share their stories to spread awareness.
Due to the overwhelming response and empowering emotions from patients and survivors, My Pink Diaries will take place for a second consecutive year.
The art show, which is free to the public, will be held at the Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery and Skin Care office, 6310 Health Park Way, Suite 110, 4-8 p.m. Oct. 5. The event also celebrates the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"There is a community of survivors in this area that felt a need to tell their sto
ry," Jennifer Soos-Brancifort said.
The inaugural show depicted breast cancer patients and survivors, many of them patients of Kreithen, in black and white images draped in medical gauze. It also included video testimonials from some of the women.
"I was touched by each individual's life," Soos-Brancifort said. "It was an amazing experience. It was to give more women an opportunity to have a voice and reach out to their community for something that has been kept under wraps."
This year's theme will look at survivors in a different, purer light.
"This year, it's a lighter, prettier, more glamorous look," Soos-Brancifort said. "Pretty in pink."
"It's a little more about the person," Salvatore Brancifort said. "They're not hiding behind shadows."
This year's show will display 14 large portraits. The portraits will remain on display in the office for the month of October.
The couple is hoping to make the art show an annual event.
"Hopefully we'll have women that grow old in front of our camera," Salvatore Brancifort said.
For more information on the art show, visit www.facebook.com/mypinkdiaries.
Nick Williams, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411 ext. 7049. Twitter:@_1NickWilliams