Spencer had the opportunity to shoot for the second time for the Scar Free Foundation, creating another series of arresting portraits for the charity.
Speaking about the shoot, Spencer said: “This project presented a unique opportunity for me to interact with the heroic ambassadors of the scar free foundation in a way that broke down any obvious barriers between us. An opportunity that I relished.
My grandfather was injured in the second world war, shot 8 times by a sten gun, twice in the face, and carried off the battle field. He was one of the first people to have plastic surgery in this country. Operated on by Sir Archibald Mcindoe and nursed back to health by my grandmother alongside Douglas Bader. Later he was made an Honorary member of the Guinea Pig Club. I sadly never got to meet him as he later died from complications due to his injuries when my Father was only 18.
I can’t imagine what it takes to go out and face the world with such an affliction, it takes a special kind of person to have the strength to carry on with their lives in spite of serious disfigurement and it has been a unique honour to meet and photograph some of these people.
Photography is quite often obsessed by a perceived beauty, I hope these portraits can help to challenge the stereotypes and reveal the inner strength and beauty of their sitters.
I really hope that by making this project I can help even a little bit to heal these scars and combat any stigma the sufferers face.”
See the first project Spencer worked on with the Scar Free Foundation here.