“You can’t always choose the picture you are in, or how you look in it…but you can always decide how you look at it.”
On Thursday 5th November the Picture Present.Focus Forward project was officially launched at the Theatre Royal. This awareness project incorporated a video and 2016 Solas calendar which was created on a voluntary basis by portrait photographer Bara Alich and video production company Viedo Ireland in association with the South Eastern Cancer Foundation, Solas Centre.
It features portraits and testimonials of people whose lives have been affected by cancer, all of them clients of the Solas Centre. They shared their feelings and experiences as part of the Picture Present. Focus Forward project and this was captured to help empower and inspire others who may be going through similar challenges to stay positive and focus on the future.
To celebrate the launch the glamorously dressed participants were ferried from the Solas Centre to the Theatre Royal in limousines and vintage cars to be applauded on their arrival by over 400 family members, friends and supporters, to a prosecco and red carpet reception.
The evening was opened by Glenn Murphy accompanied by Ronan Scolard on guitar followed by the unveiling of the project video. The project video featured moving testimonials from the participants, along with footage of the calendar photoshoot weekend in the Waterford Castle. This helped to give the audience more of an insight into the participant’s personal journey with cancer and the background to the project.