|Living with PTSD is an exhibition that uses
poetry to express how it feels to live with PTSD while using photography as a
temporary escape from the chains of the condition.|
By the time this last showing finishes, this
project will have been on the road for almost a year.
have been made possible through funding support from Arts Council England and
the National Lottery. My thanks to them.
A big thank you goes out to GrangePrint for producing the exhibition prints and banners;
to Ian Robinson Design for the poetry boards and print titles; to Embrace Arts, George Thornton Art, Wash Arts, ArtCore, CAFE, rEVIVE, Snibston Discovery Museum and the The Indian Community
Centre Association for the use of their venues.
special 'thank you' to the people that have been involved in installing,
invigilating and taking down the exhibitions. I couldn't have done it without
I would also like to thank those of you that have supported
the project by either visiting the shows and/or helping to publicise the
The launch of the last showing of 'Living with PTSD' will
take place on Exhibition launch is
on Friday 15th August - 11am-4:30pm.
The Exhibition then shows from 18
August - 15 October 2014.
Viewing times Monday - Friday 9:30am -
Venue: The Indian Community Centre Association,
Road, Carrington, Nottingham NG5 1QZ
(NG5 1FA for sat
Please share the Facebook event page with everyone you know and help to make
this an event to remember as it coincides with India's day of
I have been assured that there will be some gooood, tasty,
Indian food available on the day. If it's anything like the food Art Core
prepared for their opening day - you're in for a real
Purpose of the exhibition
When it came to
ticking the boxes in a political sense, this exhibition touched all bases with
regards to the criteria at the time.
Yes, it's a Veteran's exhibition.
No, it doesn't glorify war.
Yes, it promotes creativity as a coping
mechanism for disability.
Yes, it explores racism ... but from both sides
of the coin.
Yes, it explores PTSD and sheds light on the stigma people
with mental health conditions can face.
It also touches on
multiculturalism, religious tolerance and acceptance of our differences, as well
as registering the difficulties of growing up between cultures in this country
and the problems that such people face because of a difference in ethnicity and
the associated social structures therein.
It's an exhibition that's been
received well by the Veteran's community that live with PTSD who can relate to
the message but it hasn't had the promised support from most of the various
Armed Forces agencies that look after Veterans issues.
Racism in uniform
hasn't disappeared. PTSD in uniform still creates stigma.
message can be summed up in the following poem:
War is theftTheft of innocence
Theft of dignity
Theft of mothers
Theft of daughters
Theft of sons
Theft of laughter
Theft of nature
Theft of land
Theft of oil
Theft of gas
Theft of truth
Theft of life
War is theft
Villayat Sunkmanitu 2014
From The Way of the Wolf - Poetry of a Veteran.
at recent and current conflicts around the globe, particularly Gaza, I can't help but feel that war is a contrived act
perpetrated by the few in power to solidify their hold on material resources
and/or to facilitate expenditure in certain markets (eg Arms and
Harry Patch, the last known veteran survivor of World War 1
was quoted to have said, "I felt then, as I feel now, that the politicians who
took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their
differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass
If we want to maintain a lasting peace, we have
to control our politicians - after all, they are our elected servants and must
voice the opinions of the electorate ... and they must act as directed by their
electorate or they aren't carrying out their duties.
For me, honouring
and remembering those people, military and civilians, killed in World War 1 and
2, on all sides, means ensuring that we don't have a World War 3.
species, we need to evolve beyond the need for wars.
isn't just a war related condition
Many people are under the
impression that PTSD only affects Veterans and is related to war. They don’t
understand that anyone can contract PTSD – whether it be from surviving child
abuse, sexual abuse, a Road Traffic Accident , a natural disaster or any other
incident where either your life was in danger or where you witnessed something
happening to another person.
You can download a leaflet that tells you
more by clicking here and find out a little more about the condition. www.lwptsd.com was set up specifically to provide resources
for people suffering with PTSD and related conditions.
For this specific
exhibition, a leaflet detailing support resources in Nottingham was created.
You can download it here.
Some Comments from
13/11/13 - Tony D, Midlands, wrote 'Hey Wolf, I'm at the
gallery now and I'm blown away! By far the most impressive exhibit I've seen
here. The art and the message are so powerful. My partner suffers from PTSD I
will be sure to bring her along to see it. Well done and keep up the good
29/11/2013 - Cllr M Kamal, Lord Mayor of Leicester, wrote, 'Very
impressed. Soul stirring.'
03/04/2014 - Cllr Fareed Hussain, Mayor of
Derby, wrote, 'This exhibition raises some deep issues related to
03/04/2014 - CV Jones, Derby Telegraph, wrote, 'Truly
enlightening, truly honest.'
18/04/2014 - Amanda E, Ilkeston, wrote,
'It's a lovely exhibition. Great photography. Interesting how it relays on
canvas. Really amazing images and the effects are superb.'
Cllr Kewal Singh, Mayor of Erewash, Ilkeston & IWP, wrote, 'Found the
exhibition to be very informative and thought provoking. In my opinion this
should be shown UK wide!'
25/07/2014 - Savita V, Coalville, wrote,
'Absolutely stunning work, very moving poetry, especially 'Veteran'.
Congratulations on your fabulous work.'
You can see all the comments here.
Book and Card Sale
Words of a
Wolf is currently selling at £8.99 in the book stores. The first edition was
priced at £6.99 and will be available for £3.00 for the duration of the
For the opening day there will also some cards of Wolf images
available for £2 each as well as other poetry titles I have written, as well as
copies of 'Living with PTSD'. You can see a list of my written works here.
All of the
prints at the exhibition are available for purchase. If you would like to
purchase one, please fill in a card on the leaflet table and drop it into the
black box or buy one online from this page. If you would like to purchase one of the actual
prints used at the exhibition, please contact me direct or leave a card in the
box with your contact details.
There will be a range of free information leaflets
available on the day on PTSD, Veterans issues, Intellectual Property rights and
supporting Wolves in the wild.
Thank you for taking the time to
read this newsletter
This video clip describes why this is the last showing and gives
you an idea of what to expect.
I hope that you will forward this email to
everyone that you know and that you'll come and lend your support to this
exhibition ... but most of all ... I hope that as citizens of the UK, Europe and
the rest of the world, we will all speak up about the futility of war, and do
something to help people suffering with PTSD, whether they be veterans or
Wishing you a peaceful and happy life,
|Living with PTSD has had approximately
7,684 visitors since the first showing in Leicester which started on 5 November
2013. It will be interesting to see what interest it generates in
The above title, 'Living with PTSD - Journey of a Veteran' is
an accompaniment to the exhibition and contains all of the images and poems used
in the show. It's available from all good books anywhere in the world (just
The ISBN number is: 978-0956488541. The title is also available
on Amazon Kindle - ASIN: B00G967VN8.
of the images are from my 'Stock Image' library, others are Limited Edition
Prints and they're all viewable on www.wolf-photography.com.
If you would like to purchase
a print from the exhibition, please click here.
Wolf Photography is a 'Not
For Profit' company raises awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
educates on Intellectual Property issues and promote creative arts as a coping
mechanism for disability.
The project is financed through the
selling of photographic prints and books. For a complete list of my available
books, please click here.
|Intimacy with Plants contains15 images that are a part of my
developmental work in photography which was funded by Arts Council England. 203
people have viewed that exhibition so far which doesn't include numbers from
when it was mounted in a shop window and viewed by passing public in
There will be a book to accompany this exhibition as well. I
hope to complete it before the end of the year. The emphasis on the title is
the creation of an eco-friendly environment in your own garden for the purposes
of photography. There are times when living with a mental health problem can
make it very difficult for someone to leave their home. Using the guidance in
this book can enable you to create a chill zone in your back yard ... and
produce some beautiful photography.
This exhibition will continue in conjunction
with talks and presentations about PTSD.
If you would like to book a
showing together with a viewing of Intimacy with Plants please contact me using
the details below:
Email: wolf (at) wolf-photography.com
You can leave
a Facebook message on: https://www.facebook.com/Wolf.Photographer
presentations and workshops are available free to groups, clubs and hospices and
this work will continue for as long as I can manage it.
The following presentations and workshops are available free to
groups, clubs and hospices. You will have to cover reasonable expenses (travel,
food and accommodation if appropriate):
- Slideshow with discussion around some of the places and subjects
that I've photographed. (2 hours)
- Equipment and preparation for Wildlife Photography. (1.5 hours)
- Equipment and preparation for Travel Photography. (1.5 hours)
- Self Publishing paper and eBooks. (1.5 hours)
Veterans and people related to or in relationships with Veterans to explore the
issues from both their perspectives in an open forum. (2
artists/photographers to learn how to promote their images on the internet
without falling prey to people/companies that don’t respect their Intellectual
Property rights. (2 hours)
trainee or practising counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs and
support/customer services staff. Covering issues such as setting up a ‘Veteran
friendly’ interview environment and how to deal with Veterans displaying verbal
or physical aggression. (1.5 hours)
- For the
General public who want to know more about the condition and how it affects
people. (1.5 hours)