Contrasts are found everywhere with some being a little more subtle than others. Those that are obvious are often because of the stark difference in the colours in the image such as those in the gallery above which require no explanation.This differs from the image below. It is much more subtle in its contrasts apart from again, the white against black.
Relay for life is an event held in communities where teams of ten to fifteen challenge themselves to keep the baton moving in a relay style walk or run overnight to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those loved ones lost to the disease and fight back against a problem that affects far too many. The participants pay to enter and they also get sponsorship from friends and family with all the money going to cancer research.
The walking begins in the early afternoon and as dusk falls family and friend light the candles and place a cross in the ground in the middle of the oval remembering those who have lost the fight. It is highly charged with emotion for all but particularly those who are mourning and those who have survived.
After this ceremony we walk through the night. For me this signified the long battle that those who are fighting the disease undergo. Certainly by four am I wanted to give up but with the support of the others I kept going and came out the other end. A short battle in comparison to those undergoing treatment.
The contrasts in the photo are more subtle than are apparent in person. Joy and happiness at surviving, ongoing fear of recurrence, huge battles fighting the disease with periods of despair, hope, frustration and joy, overwhelming sadness and determination that we will not let it beat us. Sometimes putting on a happy face is a trifle difficult.