Hellesdon

Broadway star praises local photographers work

Just Regional
Oct 3, 2014 3 mins read

A series of meaningful work by Just Regional’s very own photographer, Julia Holland, has received celebrity acclaim and is to be exhibited at the Breast Reconstruction Seminar in New York in November.

For the last 18 months Julia, who was born in Hellesdon and lives in Taverham, has been working with patients who have undergone a mastectomy or breast reconstruction surgery to create a collection of images entitled “Femininity comes from within”.

The work is a collaboration between Julia and Norwich-based Keeping Abreast charity which supports patients facing the prospect of breast reconstruction.

The core message of the works is to portray the strength and femininity of women, with 20 women photographed so far and the collection continuing to grow.

The collection is gaining much attention, most recently when Julia, representatives from Keeping Abreast, and the incredibly brave women who form the subjects of the collection met globally-renowned performer Lorna Luft.

Lorna, who is the daughter of Judy Garland and half-sister of Liza Minnelli, has been through her own battle with breast cancer and wanted to meet fellow patients while in the county performing in Puttin’ On The Ritz at Norwich Theatre Royal.

“What a wonderful afternoon,” said Julia. “Lorna spent more than two hours with us. She was so relaxed and made a real bond with the ladies.

“It was a privilege to be able to showcase the exhibition of images to her as part of her afternoon with the women and she commented on how brilliant she thought the images were – a proud moment for all of us!

“I am now looking forward to adding seven more portraits to the collection to make a total of 22 images, many of which be featured in the New York exhibition.”

The New York link came about when a number of Julia’s images were displayed at  the inaugural Advances and Controversies in Reconstructive Microsurgery (ACRM) conference which took place at Dunston Hall in May.

The event was hugely successful, bringing together a prestigious international panel of experts to challenge current concepts, indications, techniques and outcomes of microsurgical reconstruction as applied to breast, neck, hand, lower limb, and transplantation surgery.

Robert J Allen, a founder of The Center for Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction and the Group for the Advancement of Breast Reconstruction attended the conference and was so impressed with the exhibition that he invited Julia to the Breast Reconstruction Seminar in New York to showcase more of her work.

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BOND: Photographer Julia Holland (front right) with Lorna Luft (front centre) and ladies who have been helped by the Keeping Abreast charity.

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