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This Evergreen Woman’s Cancer Diary Will Change The Way You View Portraits

Denver photographer Lewis Mitchell Neeff wants to change the way you look at portraits. He’s done so by diving deeper into the lives of his subjects.

Take Tonia Crosby, an Evergreen, Colorado resident who’s overcome two bouts with cancer. Her battle is shared as part of Neeff’s exhibition “Vulnerable,” which runs at Denver’s Dateline gallerythrough Aug. 20.

In the show, you’ll find a small diary she kept after her first diagnosis that’s full of short inscriptions like this:

“July 3, 2012: Pain, like pleasure is a message. It is not a punishment. Be with it.”