#ShowofHope
A community photo project designed to help restore our faith in the world, inspire hope for the future and raise awareness of mental health issues

In support of

Ernie

by Gavin Freeborn

I made this image of my father on the family farm in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, Ireland, when he was washing his van and I was struck by the wonderful bright orange fishing jacket he has had for over 50 years. I immediately had the urge to portray my Dad and asked him to stand next to the farm shed door. Last year I exhibited the image at the Photofusion members’ salon in Brixton and the London Independent Photography annual exhibition in Shoreditch. Mental health has been a major subject in the last 20 years of my Dad’s life and at 75 this January he is showing wear and tear both physically and mentally…as is my mother Muriel at 70 years of age. As my parents experience their sunset years and our roles in family life evolve, I hope we can continue to be open and loving with each other through the adversities of health and life, especially with my siblings and I living abroad and our parents back on the farm. I convinced Mum to use a smart phone and I have to say that our family What’s App group is one of the greatest gifts. London is often the loneliest place and our daily family connection certainly helps to give me hope, especially during some of the darker days!

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