Stay With Me are individual documentaries of families who have a relative with brain injury. The experience that families and individuals go through can be very overwhelming at first. Usually looking at life and planning for it can be a difficult and depressing task. Families worldwife for who brain injury is a daily struggle go through life with great courage, tenacity and very unique ways of looking at the lives they lead.
The focus on the families comes from the fact that regardless of how severe the brain injury of the patient, in the end, it is the families who shape their daily lives within their means. They are the most affected psychologically, socially and sentimentally. No person who loves another gives up easily, and no one wants to feel a burden to others. Stay With Me looks at family life in a neutral way asking those documented to share what they have learnt through their lives.
From John C. Golding: President of the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform.
We live in an age of multimedia when powerful communication combines visual and verbal content. EMSP has developed a new multimedia approach to show how people with multiple sclerosis (MS) live their daily lives Under Pressure.
Renowned photographers have highlighted the situation of people affected by MS with great skill and sensitivity. Their pictures and video footage show the courage, perseverance and mental resilience with which those people respond to the daily pressures. The portraits also illustrate the conditions prevailing in twelve European countries, and the growing disparities between these states in their approach to MS. And this is where the Under Pressure project makes its point: it shows how the variations between national health and social policies can greatly influence the lives of people with MS – for better or for worse.
With Under Pressure, EMSP hopes to effectively promote the interests of people with MS all over Europe, to improve their wellbeing and quality of life and to reduce the health inequalities they face.
I am a reportage photographer and multimedia producer based in London. My work mainly concentrates on medicine based stories with a that explore the social consequences of medical conditions.
My work on Stay With Me has been awarded a grant by Getty Images (2009), honourable mentions at Fotovisura Grants (2010) and International Photo Awards (2010). A small part of the work on my father also won a honourable mention at the International Photo Awards (2011). I was also part of a group of five photographers documenting the quality of life of people with Multiple Sclerosis across the EU for the Under Pressure Project (2010 -2014).
I exhibited at The Royal Academy of Arts (2007), Fujifilm Distinctions exhibition (2008), The Cumming Museum (2008), The Exit Gallery (2008), the Printspace (2009) and had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bolivia (2007).Throughout 2007 I was a visiting lecturer at the Universidad Evangelica Boliviana (UEB) and at the Universidad Privada de Bolivia (UPSA) as well as being a professor at the Fundacion Taller de Artes Visuales. Publications include the commissioned book, Concepcion, documenting the famous Jesuit mission town in the East of Bolivia, the Elephant and Castle: Community book (2009), After Modernity: Archaeological Approaches to the Contemporary Past (2010), 40 Years of Range Rover (2010) Telegraph Magazine, Bund Magazine, Sotokoto Japan, Sunday Times and La Repubblica, among others.
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