Staring blankly into the lens, fifteen widows step out of the darkness, learn to go it alone. By themselves. No arm to take. No pillow to share.
Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer contracted by people who worked with asbestos. In Australia, many men who mined the grey dust or worked during the 50s and 60s in the holds of ships, or in the cladding of buildings have died of the disease over the last decade.
"Breathe" is a collection of the photographs of Christopher Ireland that is currently on exhibition in the foyer of the NSW State Parliament in Macquarie Street.