Photographer Vincent Dixon and the Mimi Foundation ( a non-profit that helps cancer patients to deal with their condition), join forces to produce ‘If only for a Second’, a poignant book-project that includes the portraits of 20 cancer patients under a positive light.
The participating men and women were asked to keep their eyes closed during their makeover, a step that they weren’t really aware of; they thought it was just procedure for the photo-shoot. They were not expecting to see what they saw later.
The last step of the process entailed the 20 cancer patients and a mirror (a two-way mirror which was hiding photographer Vincent Dixon behind it).
They were asked to open their eyes to see themselves. The surprise they got from the hilarious makeovers clearly shows on their faces- Dixon, behind the mirror, took photographs of their first reaction- a moment of joy, amusement and surprise.
The idea of the project was for the patients to forget about their illness for a little while at the expense of a big, ridiculous surprise. What a fantastic artistic project!
Every photo is followed by a caption, the date and the time the photo was taken and most importantly, the exact second when the person forgot about their disease.Going through this book, the reader is carried away by laughter,giggles and carefree faces. Readers will even be surprised to have on their own faces… a smile. This is the heart of the idea of the “If only for a second ” project, to spread smiles and happiness. (via DIY Photography)