Big Brother Book and Signed Limited Edition Print
Signed book with limited edition signed C-Type digital archival print, 20 inches square to be chosen by you, from the selection of photographs below ( others available by request) The print comes with small border, signed , numbered on back and with embossed certificate of authenticity. Please confirm selection by email if you wish to ensure you are buying a particular print (or right click for title number/view selection source and enter in field below).
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Birdwatching, Minsmere (from memory) Finches and Pintail Marsh Tit, 22/12/2015
Justin had to learnt to cope on his own, in many ways. Under a regime of decreasing mental health budgets his Skeletal care team seem to have given up on any sort of therapy or involved social support other that basic practical and bio medical support. His hobby as a birdwatcher, unconsciously or otherwise, has been a key part of his coping strategy; which he pursues, even when he is at his lowest ebb.
Jackie follows Justin as he searches for birds in a field near Tring, Hertfordshire.
One in four of us will suffer from a mental illness in our lifetime (or a related condition in any one year). Those suffering, have to face a wall of stigma and stereotyping which very often makes their condition worse.
In these Pictures I document, my brother’s struggle with Schizophrenia. Justin has been sectioned three times in his life and there is no getting away from the fact that his condition is severe, yet hopefully as we turn the pages and get to know him better, we see there is more to Justin than his illness. He has interests, hobbies and yes, loves.
Justin Meditating .Its reassuring that Justin often looks to manage his illness with activities that improve his sense of well being, rather than resort to smothering uncomfortable thoughts with drugs and alcohol.
Justin has discovered a disused garage near his art class in Roehampton. Hanging out here appeals to his “hobo’ outdoor sensibility.
Justin’s mental health tends to oscillate between highs and lows, pictured here he is high and his mind is whirring with chaotic thoughts, excitement and there is a constant flow of ideas crowded up like a snarled traffic.
Although to many this might be a dirty den used by drug users; Justin has much more romantic notions of its use as focal point for an alternative lifestyle.
Maghera’s Cross viewing spot near Portrush, County Atrim, Northern Ireland
Justin and Jackie spend a week in the area, Jackie use to come here as a girl and still has family here.
Justin’s continued visits to the now abandoned Mereway Day Centre are a testament to its hold on him. It was his go-to drop in centre for 23 years (and for our mother). Its closure around 2007 comes against a backdrop of government cuts within the mental health industry (including other favourites for Justin such as the Level Crossing and Centre 32 ) which if anything has been accelerating in recent years.
Looking back, Justin at Jackies flat. West London.
Justin level of organization and his ability to focus seems to have deteriorated as he gets older; keeping his clean is a major challenge despite regular visits from cleaners.
At home in Mortlake, London.
Justin’s conditions means he is often feeling depressed. He oscillates between highs and lows; often the lows are attributed to high doses of drugs to control the behavior associated with the highs. Sometimes however he is just down or exhausted from lack of sleep. He hates taking the drugs complaining they create a “fog” that makes life like “wading through mud”.
Justin and Jackie have been dating, off and on, for over twenty years. At one point marriage was on the cards; and Jackie is still planning this but one of them would have to give up their home, which they decided, might put too much stress on the relationship.
Jackie tells me about the beginning, “We just sort of got together – it was like a magnet to a magnet. He kissed me on the sofa at the Level Crossing day centre – it was ever so romantic – and I thought, ‘ah I’m in love!’”
Bird watching at Kempton Park Resevoir
Justin has discovered a disused garage near his art class in Roehampton and poses for a portrait next to the tree opposite. Hanging out here appeals to his “hobo’ outdoor sensibility. Although to many this might be a dirty den used by drug users, Justin has much more romantic notions of its use as a focal point for an alternative lifestyle.
He is high on life and his mind is whirring with chaotic thoughts, excitement and a constant flow of ideas. Although it can be harder for Justin to stay within the confines of society’s expectations in this state, for me, it’s much better than the alternative, which can be a debilitating depression.