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Simon Green

Photography Video and Digital Imaging | Class of 2020

Simon Green is a photographer working with still and moving image. He works primarily within communities and social groups on themes such as heritage, mental health, the military and sport. Simon uses his lived experience of these themes to tell stories that many people will relate to.

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20 Days
In the project ‘20 Days’ Simon Green documents the diagnosis and subsequent death of his wife Suzanna from cancer. It is intended to provoke conversation and discussion about cancer, death, illness and how we deal with the emotional turmoil of losing someone close to us, subjects that are still taboo in modern society.

Bound
A short personal film about using running to combat mental health issues

DEADLIFT #16913

Deadlift #16913 is about everything that the film does not show.

It is a reflection of life, every moment a preparation for the most significant events. A lifetime of experiences, accomplishments, victories, failures: the only preparation possible for those brief unexpected moments where everything counts.

This is my experience of life, every moment in unrecognised preparation for events that were wholly unexpected, preparation that gave me the resilience to survive against the odds.

Blood
A project working with NHSBT – The North of England NHS Blood and Transplant Service, following the drivers and staff over several months as they provide a lifeline to thousands of people.

Insomnia
Short poetry film, created after the loss of my wife. Inspired by the photomontage style of Chris Marker’s La Jetée (1962)

Insomnia

Can’t sleep, can never sleep, not since…
Stare into space as the turmoil spirals the mind, builds pace.
The darkness brings with it a silence,
Interrupted only by ears ringing
From the cacophony of daytime discord.
The darkness brings with it a loneliness, uninterrupted.

Aimlessly gazing at luminous screens,
Their content blurred by distraction.
Lack of sleep and affected emotions
Prevent anything from making sense.
Time passes at a crawl, nervous system numbed
By nighttime cold and nighttime sentiment.

Midnight voyages, negotiating trip hazards in the dark,
Searching for solace in a space as cold as a broken heart.
Food is a tasteless substitute for sleep,
a momentary distraction from sleeplessness,
Eating takes up time, fills the mind
while being consumed by sadness.

Looking out onto an unrecognisable world, devoured by darkness,
Vacant and inactive, watching as the hours fade,
Waiting for the night to pass if only to escape the silence.
The garden outside the window, once a perfect respite,
Is now overgrown with invasive memories.

Silent cold, blue light night, civilisation under wraps,
Street light burning into the black,
Reminiscent of taxi drivers and night crawlers,
Concrete acres under sodium and fluorescents,
Silent streets filled with solitude,
Escape from nightmares in empty car parks.

How did I get here, so far from what I know,
Distant from all that is familiar?
Is this a bad dream or a nightmare realised?
A forest of emotions and questions overshadows everything
In these dark hours, shadows creep inside the mind
And I am helpless to escape them.