Why talk about illness?

You could ask why do I want to talk about my illness (M.E. or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) in a public blog? Well, in some sense I don’t – although I’ve never felt the need to keep it a secret, I have noticed that some people feel awkward when I mention what has happened to me, perhaps they just don’t know what to say about it, so they say nothing… a real conversation killer in other words.

So why go there at all? Well, since this is a blog about my photography, I do feel that in order to understand why my pictures are what they are, you need to know about my illness. The subject matter of the photos is certainly directly dictated by the realities of being disabled. As I have been mostly housebound for the last 3 and half years, by necessity most of my photos have been taken at home or in my garden. Although I am now gradually recovering, and can occasionally leave the house, that fact still remains – I can only take pictures of what is very close to my home.

Apart from the subject matter, my illness has shaped my photography in lots of other ways too, but more of that later…

One more picture for the road – this one is another from December 2010