I recently collaborated with Black SD Magazine to paint SD pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Black SD Magazine is a digital publication that promotes and supports Black businesses and creatives here in SD, and I’m all for it. This month, they’re working in partnership with the American Cancer Society & Maya’s Cookies to raise awareness and encourage Black women to get screened for breast cancer early on. Their goal is to raise $2,500 for the cause, so I’ll be linking their website here.
Breast cancer affects women more than any other type of cancer and is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. Once diagnosed, Black women have a mortality rate that is 40% higher than all other races, so it’s best to detect breast cancer early on. Once past the age of 50, that mortality rate doubles. Black men are also disproportionately affected by breast cancer, but the risk is about 1 in 800 compared to women with a 1 in 8 chance of getting it.
The photos I used for this project are of distinct locations around San Diego. I used Photoshop to convert the images from color to black & white and then used a gradient tool going from pink to transparent. To get the final look and feel I wanted with the gradient, I found that the overlay blending mode worked the best.
These were fun to make, and I’m proud to support such an important cause 💗
San Diego skyline view from Centennial Park, Coronado
San Diego Bay
Torrey Pines State Beach
Balboa Park during December Nights
View from Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge