Love time is a body of work produced during an artist residency at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London between April 2015 - December 2016.
In the first instance this work was concerned with highlighting the importance of the NHS (National Health Service), which is currently undergoing deconstruction through privatisation. During the residency the immediate focus of the images shifted to a more fundamental human story within the hospital, looking at the strength and fragility of human beings, and challenging conventional thinking and imagery around power relationships within hospitals between staff and patients - dependants/dependees. Through intimate observation and extended time spent in the hospital working with staff & patients, and in clinical situations I was able to observe the hospital less as an automated machine and more as simply a human place - run by humans, for humans. I saw strength flowing from person to person, whilst also seeing the extreme fragility possessed by all people, in both cases irrespective of status.
The title is a quote from the t-shirt of a now deceased patient I met and photographed in the hospital. There is an ambiguity in its meaning between the care received in hospital and an instruction to hold time precious.
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