This is a major new project that follows people living with Parkinson's Disease. Initially I have taken photographs and made a film about my father's battle with the disease, his use of new physiotherapy techniques, his exercise regime and his love for his hobby, church bell ringing.
The aim of the project is to show how people cope with the disease and how rigorous exercise can help to combat it's effects. Parkinson's has very many symptoms and not all are displayed in each person living with the disease. This means that there are very many different ways people cope and carry on living active lives, also people of all ages can get the disease. I hope with this project we will be able to expand awareness and offer some insight into the lives of people living with Parkinson's disease.
This was a commission I undertook around 2008 for Ring SQ boxing promotion. The work was used for promotion for the company and in an A3 book designed and laid out by me for a pitch to television companies.
On the road
It seems the rural road and the way the country is transversed by car is the great litmus test of British society. In the post pandemic world the idea of freedom and liberty to move has become almost a politicised human right.
No where else is there such a complex set of paradigms and contradictions of the attitudes of people moving by car. The sense of freedom and the right to move freely, the power, the control, the illegality, the liberty, all set against the seeming green and pleasant land of Great Britain.
As a photographic artist, all I can do is move amongst this, as the world opens up, and record it, trying as hard as I can not to get drawn in too much.
High Heavens Wood, just south of High Wycombe is a young plantation of mainly birch and other quick growing trees. Its been growing since the early sixties and is a popular place for local people to enjoy.
The odd thing about High Heavens is the fact that a lot of the rubbish from my childhood is buried under the ground there. High Heavens is the landfill for most of Wycombe district area.
In 2011 I went to visit a friend in Vaasa, Finland. I had always been struck in eastern Europe by the vastness of the countryside. Coming from the UK it seemed the wilderness was encroaching in on the cities and towns in a way that just didn't happen at home. It felt like civilisation couldn't quite dominate.
Vaasa, being very north, has only a few months of summer a year before the cold and dark returns. It's environment is built into the culture of the people just like any other, but here, coupled with the immense beauty of the countryside, it felt so much like the wilderness controlled local culture, not the other way round.
Wasalandia, incidentally is an abandoned theme park on the outskirts of the town.