Photographing for the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life is a touching experience. There's an intangible quality surrounding the event.
Picture the scene: an outdoor field, much like that of a school's outdoor field, with a quarter mile track around the circumference for track & field competition. Bleachers off to one side. A stage at the foot of the track. Several big-top tents scattered around the track, housing such things as registration, food, cancer survivors, massage therapy and more.
On the entire inside circumference of the track are luminaries: specially designed paper bags with a lit candle inside. Each luminary is a tribute to the lives of loved ones who have been touched by cancer. The track can barely hold all of them.
On the bleachers the word "Hope" has been written with even more luminaries. Seventy-five luminaries for four letters. And indeed, there are many elements of Hope this evening. As well as another four-letter word: Love.
In Canada alone, two in five people face a diagnosis of cancer in their lifetime. It is more critical than ever to raise awareness about the disease and the impact it has on the lives of people.
Photographer Dean Oros created the "Angelic" series of midnight images using candle light and long exposures while photographing the CCS Relay for Life. Models are from the The Brides' Project, which donates a portion of its wedding gown sales to cancer research.
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