Local Artist Captures the Beautiful Side of an Ugly Disease

A collection of photo art capturing the faces of young breast cancer survivors to be displayed at Ottawa Studio Works

OTTAWA.  August 24, 2012 – A collection of works by Ottawa photographer Lou Truss entitled Faces and a Cause will be on display at Ottawa Studio Works on Preston Street, September 14th.

The daughter of a cancer victim herself, Lou was inspired to photograph the faces of young breast cancer survivors following a blog post from Ottawa Studio Works’ Harry Nowell in which he describes a recent photo shoot featuring cancer survivor Katie Evans back in September 2011.  Says Lou of the experience, “I met Katie and talked to her about Breast Cancer and how she dealt with the treatment. She blew me away with her courage and strength. It also blew me away when I found out how young she was when she was diagnosed. Meeting Katie was a turning point for me. I then decided to photograph women who have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer”.

More than an exhibition of portraits, the work presented in Faces and a Cause brings awareness to the youthfulness of these survivors. “I’m amazed that women in their early twenties are now being diagnosed. When you are in your 20′s you think you’re invincible, you can live forever.  [You think that only] women in their 40′s get Breast Cancer!”

Admission to the show is free, however, donations will be collected for Young Adult Cancer Canada.

Friday, September 14th, 2012;


Ottawa Studio Works

160 Preston St. – between Gladstone and Somerset.

Learn more about the show

Ottawa Studio Works is owned and operated by Chelsea resident and Ottawa photographer Harry Nowell.  Situated in the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy, Ottawa Studio Works is an exhibit space that provides photo workshops for all levels, studio rental for photographers as well as exhibit and event space for upcoming and established photographers to display their works.  Lou Truss is a former student of Harry Nowell’s photography workshops.