Inspired by her passion for underwater photography and by being a strong supporter of IHadCancer.com, San Francisco-based Japanese photographer Erena Shimoda has combined her two passions and her experience of being a scuba diver for over 10 years to specializing in rehabilitating the mental psyche of cancer survivors. Shimoda realizes that water is able to heal patients mentally and physically.
Through a series of stunningly surreal underwater portraits curated over four years, she has helped former cancer patients regain their strength, overcome their fears and any physical or mental limitations they may have such as "feeling lost after a mastectomy and chemotherapy, fear of water, or physical limitations due to cerebral palsy."
Through submerging her patients underwater, she helps them regain their strength and self-esteem as Shimoda shows them their finished photograph.
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