Stirring Portraits: Boston Bombing Survivors Return to Finish Line

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Tuesday marks one year since three died and hundreds were hurt in the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Many of the survivors returned to the finish line in a poignant photography project — baring their scars, their strength and their souls in message-on-skin portraits.

Photographer Robert X. Fogarty, of Dear World, came up with the idea, according to Huffington Post, after he met one of the survivors who had the word “healing” written on the side of his head.

Fogarty reached out to others for his project, asking them to pick something they want to say to the world, according to Huffington Post.

The project also includes biographies of each survivor, a video and a map of the marathon and locations where each survivor and victim were when the bombs exploded.

According to the Dear World website, runner Celeste Corcoran wrote “still standing” on her legs for the project.

“I wrote still standing because the bombers hurt me—they took my legs—but I can still stand on them. I just love the play on the message,” she said. “Writing it on my naked legs, seeing those words and having the prosthetics next to me.”

To view the entire project and to read the stories of each survivor, click here.

The photo gallery above includes images used in the project.