Photo Project Documents: Adam Patterson’s Another Lost Child and Who Cares by Rosie Barnes

© Adam Patterson, Another Lost Child, London, 2008

© Rosie Barnes, Who Cares

© Adam Patterson, Another Lost Child, London, 2008

There’s a sense of the overlooked and dislocated in the titles of two documentary projects on show or touring the UK. The first is photographer Adam Patterson’s series, produced in collaboration with Jean Claude, Another Lost Child, on gangland culture in South London, which is currently on show at Photofusion Gallery in London until 24 March. Rosie Barnes tackles the other end of the age continuum with Who Cares focusing on the carers in the capital. The project has just finished showing in South London, but you can still take a peek at some of the work. Barnes may be familiar for her tenderly observed and highly personal ongoing project documenting her son’s diagnosis and subsequent life with Autism Understanding Stanley (1998 -2007), which is highly recommended, and explores “what it might be like to have autism”. See more…


© Adam Patterson London, 2008

© Adam Patterson London, 2008

Photographer Adam Patterson documented gangland culture in South London for over a year to produce Another Lost Child, click on link for Photofusion post. During this time he befriended one of the gang members 19-year old, Jean Claude, aka Vipoh and the two collaborated on the project. It’s on until 24 March, so there’s no reason not to catch it.


© Rosie Barnes, Who Cares

© Rosie Barnes, Who Cares

© Rosie Barnes, Who Cares

From Rosie Barnes’ statement: “The brilliant thing about cameras these days is that everyone can take pictures. There’s no mystery to that. What matters is what you do and say with those pictures. Giving people the ability to express themselves in a visual way is an incredibly powerful thing.

“I encouraged Willard, Jessica, Lyn, Audrey and Anees to look at the things around them and to think about how they feel and cope and let those things speak visually so that we can learn something of their lives, their stories as carers.

“In this fast-moving, celebrity-obsessed, wealth-acquiring world, something as unglamorous, as fundamental as caring, is something rarely thought of by the majority, but to those who are living as carers, it is the everyday reality. Their work is at the very heart of ‘The Big Society’, so often mentioned these days.

“It is estimated that there are 6 million carers in Britain – 12.5% of the adult population. That figure doesn’t include the more than 1 million young carers and those caring for someone with a substance dependency. Carers save the UK economy £87 billion a year. In Wandsworth there are more than 17,000 carers meaning that Willard, Jessica, Lyn, Audrey and Anees are, together with their fellow carers, contributing to saving the economy – in Wandsworth alone – more than £290 million a year.

“The sheer human effort that the carers put in – mostly unthanked, unpaid and unnoticed, often putting their own lives on hold (tho this is rarely something that the carers themselves would consider), is a tremendously moving thing to witness. This effort is not something that will win an Olympic gold medal, but that level of time, energy, effort and commitment, fuelled by love, is what is required on a daily basis.

“The images that we have made together are starkly honest, sometimes desolate, but ultimately made from love. They express the reality of caring, together with the loneliness, worry, stress and sadness and are a testament to the incredible inner-strength of the carers in our society.

“I have found this project incredibly moving and inspiring. I hope you do too.”


2 responses to “Photo Project Documents: Adam Patterson’s Another Lost Child and Who Cares by Rosie Barnes

  1. British based documentary photographer and film maker Pogus Caesar launches new book ‘Sparkbrook Pride’.

    The foreword has been specially written by poet, author and activist Benjamin Zephaniah

    ‘Sparkbrook Pride’ consists of 70 black-and-white photos of residents of Sparkbrook, Birmingham, Great Britain – where Pogus grew up – all taken with his trademark Canon Sureshot camera.

    In the foreword Zephaniah says “I love the ‘rawness’ of these photos, they have a sense of place, yet nothing is staged, and the only information Pogus gives us about those featured is how they define themselves, nothing more. We need no more. So people – it is down to us to piece together the rest of this multicultural puzzle”.

    Last Autumn Pogus visited Sparkbrook several times, and the striking images in ‘Sparkbrook Pride’ are the result. Documenting the diverse individuals who live and work in the area, the book features both the long-standing residents from the West Indies, Ireland, India and Pakistan and the more recent additions to the community from Somalia, Sudan, Malawi and Afghanistan, celebrating the rich cultural mix that defines the area.

    Book details. Paperback, perfect bound, 160 pages, 70 black and white photographs, 11.6 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches. ISBN: 978-0-9566741-1-1

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