The first 3 1/2 minutes of coming film Market Town : These pages, tempered.
Such things we bury within us. Such fears, voices, seeming insignificances, memories and scars.
Imagine an internal strobe light that flashes the detritus of a life lived endlessly. Imagine there might be a code, a purpose, a line through the very heart of all the events and shadows of your life. Imagine sewing and stitching every element of your personal history together in an attempt to understand the present so obsessively that the past becomes your every waking moment.
Loud, bright and clear. In focus. Imagine you can remember everything, every detail of every experience. Imagine these are the thoughts that occupy you, inhabit you and you can’t turn their volume down.
I first began to document the artist and poet Tilney1 in 2009 whilst I was volunteering at a local drop in Mental Health Arts group. Both the creativity and honesty of his work left a huge impression upon me.
This coming update will focus on the day to day battles Tilney1 faces, enduring a life with paranoid schizophrenia.
The past year, Tilney1 has been without any reliable professional help, struggled with finances, eating, isolation, medication and the weight of his conditions symptoms.
His endless stream of consciousness writings, collages filling journals and adorning his walls, his VCR constantly playing films that touch upon many of his ‘memory loops’ and the release through art have been a constant, though.
Tilney1 has also taken steps to deal with quitting smoking and begun vaping, though a rise in his compulsive spending and hoarding is proving problematic.
One vast positive has been his use of the Mind mental health line.
It’s always a pleasure to share and spend time with David, we all had a good chat and a great laugh!.
It was also, a true pleasure and honour to pass on some lovely wishes from so many people, world wide, that have seen and read his story upon the ‘Small Town Inertia’ website (As ever, #biglove to Mike Hartley and Julie Grahame), been moved and felt compelled to write, David loves to hear friendly words, and both he and I, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!.
Though David can’t see the difference, he could feel it, with his fingertips. We also took some toffee’s, a new bucket and a bunch of cleaning products for when we return to do more, next week!.
I’m not sharing this to say, look what we’ve done, as ever, shared to infer this simple truth, think of what you could do, too… for it makes such an amazing difference to another human being, neighbour, just genuinely giving a damn. Give a damn.
No time to make any photographs today, but, it’s not always about making photographs, it’s about real relationships, being there, really being there, and that, farther down the road, all goes back into the photographic work and no reward is ever greater, than having made one of my life’s best friends, in David.
Huge thanks to Laura for the wonderful photographs. X
Full stories with David and his life living with blindness : http://smalltowninertia.co.uk/tag/david
New story following later in 2015.
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