Christoph Soeder is a photographer currently studying at the University of South Wales, Newport. In the context of his studies he is doing a photography project around hair loss caused by alopecia of all types.
The aim for the project is to raise some positive awareness by looking at hair loss in a different, more individual and multi-layered way which, rather than only showing the obvious effects, focuses on ways to deal with hair loss and in consequence represents a more positive look. Christoph's experience from photographing people with and without a wig is that there is something that persists, a beauty, inherent to us all that cannot be lost, no matter if a person has hair or not. The focus of this project will be on this personal element.
The idea for this project is the consequence of previous work undertaken by Christoph at a barbershop which evoked how notions of identity and hairstyle interrelate. In the pursuit of this new project he met Gwennan Thomas from Alopecia UK. Together they thought that a photography project done in cooperation with people experiencing hair loss due to alopecia could be an inspiring experience for everyone involved.
Resembling the two images (shown above) Christoph plans to take portraits of people which incorporate a colour that suits them. Those who want to are most welcome to wear makeup. Or if they wished Christoph would do his best to bring a makeup artist with him who can style people especially for the photograph. Christoph uses a portable background so the photographs can be taken where ever is most convenient. He is based in South Wales and the Bristol area is very easy for him to reach. People from London and other areas are just as welcome to participate but it may be that people from further afield may need to travel to Christoph in order to take part.
In the first instance, the images will only be used for Christoph's university project and of course a copy will be given to the participants for free. Any usage/publication beyond that will be subject to individual consent after having seen their images.
Please visit www.christophsoeder.com in case you would want to find out more about Christoph's work.
If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch with Christoph directly: