Introduction

I first turned the camera onto my Dad in the midst of  The Welfare Reform Bill 2010-2012. As documented in 'does not suggest that death within 6 months is likely to occur', this was a way to react to the changes ahead, we could tell the story of someone affected by this specific issue. The cuts to disability benefits across the country (and still to this day) went under-reported in the media. Therefore, being able to put across my Dad's story whilst he was going through the reform, gave a sense of personality and humanity to a impersonal experience.

This then encouraged us to reflect on and look into my Dad's disabilities. In 1996 my Dad suffered a brain haemorrhage, he survived but was left partially sighted and with epilepsy. He also lives with some form of brain damage and severe headaches, as is often the case with stroke victims. Looking into my Dad's haemorrhage and into our past we rediscovered  a set of photographs which were taken over 2 days prior to my Dad having his haemorrhage. It was these photographs which inspired us to return to the locations of where they had originally been taken. We had not been back to those places since the photographs had been taken, so this became almost like a pilgrimage, or a way to come to rest with the events that had happened to my Dad. By returning to this place we were able to look to our futures.

In the present I continue to photograph my Dad and will be working collaboratively with him very soon on some new work.


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