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Missing the simplicity of this place. The days went so slowly. No electricity or running water, a million miles from anywhere, candle lit conversation and phones relegated to redundancy. Since I returned home the days are disappearing at an incredible rate.
Taken very early morning, lit by moonlight ( inspired by the work of @bamford_alex ).The night was absolutely still and was coloured by the ever so slight presence of Aurora. So peaceful you could almost hear the trees breath.

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Working through my final degree project with fellow students at @sunderlanduni .
The project currently titled 'unspoken' is about my wife Suzanna losing her short battle with cancer in 2018.

The last year or so has been incredibly difficult and up until we lay these images on the table, I wasn't sure it was right to do this project. Hearing other people's opinions and views proved to me the project was worth continuing.
Thank you to everyone who was present including Photographer Peter Fryer, @aliedge_ , @kezbeautyman98 @lesatarn, @micaonfilm @gramgooch
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I rarely post images of myself, this is the first I have posted on instagram. It was shot at Slaley Forest in Northumberland as part of a project called 'Artist?' Three years studying at The University of Sunderland has been spent working out how I want my practice as a photographer to progress in the future, how my work fits into the art world and whether I can or should call myself an artist.

For this project I have spoken to people who I perceive to be 'artists' to gain an understanding of where I fit.

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Superb morning at @3dstrength in Darlington, being put through my paces. I was offered the opportunity while filming a few weeks ago to return to 'train' with the strong men and women at the gym. It was a very different type of training to what I've done in a while. This shot is of Ben Williams @ben_strongman one of the regulars at 3D Strength.

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Brilliant catching up with artist Kathryn Thompson after several years. Kathryn is a community artist working in a variety of media including felt which can be seen in the image.

Part of a project on artists for the final year of my degree at the University of Sunderland.

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Just a few of the people who have contributed to my 2019. Thank you to all of you and the positive impact you have had. I look forward to seeing you all again in 2020 ...

Willow Burn Hospice, December 2018.

A year ago today my wife Suzanna gave up her final breath. It marked the end of a lifetime of remarkable memories, marred by the pain of her final twenty days. In those final days I witnessed the true nature of humanity, people making decisions that affected someone else’s life, choosing not to do their best, not to do what was right, being uncaring in ways that I couldn’t believe people could be. In the following months I was subjected to lies, death threats and people who claimed to be there for me no matter what, turning their backs on me.

All this happened after I had struggled through eight years of severe mental health problems, I couldn’t imagine being without Suzanna, who had supported me through that time. I dedicated my life to her, she was my reason for living. In March I hit an all time low. There were no good days. Every morning was filled with the dread of what was going to happen next. Every day something even worse happened than the previous day.

I prepared to put an end to it all. Completely alone in the house, kids away for the weekend, the plan in motion, when unexpectedly my daughter walked into the house. It stopped me in my tracks, made me rethink the decision, if she had been minutes later, she would have had to deal with the fallout. It woke me up, shook me momentarily from my grief and made me determined to change direction.

In the last six months things have changed significantly. I have become driven again in the way I was years ago, I have become extremely passionate about the work that I do and have started achieving in the ways I used to. Most importantly I am surrounding myself with like minded people, people who are passionate and thoughtful and who give a damn that I am here.

I won’t name them. Those people know who they are, if you are in doubt, if I have spent more than a few hours chatting with you or working with you in the last year, then you are part of the reason I am still here. You are making life worth living for me.

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Great morning at @spartan_performance_ filming Dale McPherson and the team from @3dstrength. The start of training for 2020.

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Brilliant afternoon working and talking art with the wonderful Beth J. Ross.
Part of a project on Artists for the final year of my Photography Degree at Sunderland University.

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