Notions of regal crowns mixed with lotus flowers, signalling rebirth from darkness, mark this photograph of local cancer survivor, Lesley Hughes, and so they should: this was the day we celebrated Lesley’s courage and beautifully (nearly) bald femininity through the application of a henna crown. This practice draws on centuries of using henna as a healing and beauty paste, and turns a site of struggle into a canvas for beautiful art.
I love the dichotomy in this image between the hard colours and the graceful body position, the strong edges and the fanciful lines. We took hundreds of shots that day, but this is one of my favourites. I love this image, because it reminds us to celebrate the beautiful things in life, even while we fight our inner battles.
Photograph © Katherine O’Connor
Katherine O’Connor Photographer Bio
I am an amateur photographer, a singer, a teacher, and a graduate student in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University. I am fascinated by people, and some of my favourite subjects to photograph are individuals paired with striking textures and patterns.
Blog / Website: Henna Crowns