I knew the more regular approach of gaining access to take photos was unavailable based on consent. Instead I focused on using my photographic knowledge to give the patients a creative outlet, enabling them to get out and take photos during which I would record them doing so. The images shown were made during a short time frame when I was running a weekly ‘photo therapy’ class for long-term patients.
I had no plans for the results and knew that publishing them would be out the question. Now over 30 years later it’s probably safe to assume it is. The photos that remain are the blend of colour images as taken by patients and my own black and white photos as I originally sequenced them.
At the time I didn't know what my future career would be, but now some 33 years later, photography as a form of therapy, has gained more traction and mindfulness is one of the classes I offer.
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