I have been working with Richard Lyons Photography for many years and recently we got to collaborate on a project in a whole new way. Rich grew up on the beach, surfing and enjoying the Australian sun. On Thursday, he underwent his 35th surgery to remove 3 more skin cancers - the result of years of sun with minimal suncare. This time, I joined Rich in the operating theatre with my camera to capture the process of having these cancers removed. We were warmly welcomed by the Doctor Walter Flapper and his team who went expertly about his business, all the while talking us through the procedure.
I have photographed surgeries and medical procedures in the past, and I really do enjoy the process. I consider myself quite skilled in the art of photography, and it is always a pleasure working with experts in other fields. Watching Dr Flapper at work - effortlessly cleaning, cutting, removing, and sewing was fascinating.
Rich, just under local anesthetic, went through the surgery well, awake, talking, and joking. Hopefully he has no more surgeries any time soon!
We are planning to present this body of work in a way that will help bring more awareness about suncare and how the decisions we make as children affect us later in life.
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