We share a work from the series Dwell by Lisa Toboz – a self-taught photographer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I’ve been taking self-portraits since I first began photography in my early 30s. What started as convenience (using myself as a model) evolved into a journey of exploring ageing, storytelling and, more recently, my yearlong battle with lymphoma.
This self-portrait is part of Dwell, a series shot on Polaroid film, which continued throughout my diagnosis and treatment. Much of my previous work connected me with travelling, but through surgery recovery, doctors’ appointments, and eventually chemotherapy, I spent much more time at home, struggling to come to terms with how my disease transformed my appearance and on a larger scale, my life.
The photos in this series aren’t apparently about cancer, but they are an integral part of the healing process, showing how art persists despite obstacles, bridging the worlds between illness and eventual recovery; they’ve shown me there is a light, and with my camera, I capture it.