“It’s amazing to sit in this chair, in front of the lights and camera and be proud that I am strong enough to share my story.”
One woman is using her camera to “communicate the humanness of survivors to the world.”
Created by artist Chantal Barlow, the Unconventional Apology Project features 13 portraits of domestic violence survivors or women who know someone who has experienced some form of abuse. Instead of shooting somber portraits of victims, Barlow took photos of survivors laughing and smiling to show that these women will not be defined by their abuse.
“My focus was to communicate the humanness of survivors to the world,” Barlow told The Huffington Post. “Often times, their stories and life are confined to being a victim, if ever addressed at all. I, and these women, have much more life to live: a life that is not defined by our abusers; one with love, light and hope in our hearts.”