Over the last few years I have been working on a project, Visiting Olive, taking photographs of friend and neighbour, Olive Brown. You can read about and see my project here.
I've been friends with Olive for the last 4 years. We have spent many hours together talking about her life and her collections, her involvement with the community and her friends. During this time she was very keen for me to photograph as many of her treasured processions as possible so that she would have a visual record of them. Her plan was to send these along with her poems and life story to a local archive.
For the last 6 months Olive has been in a care home and unfortunately since then I have been unable to get access to her flat to photograph any more of her things. Despite Olive's approval to do so, the council, who are now dealing with her affairs have not allowed me to go in.
So I'm sad to say that it looks like my project has come to an end.
However, I still visit Olive in the care home on a regular basis and recount for her what's going on locally and on our street. This time is not only precious to her; but to me too.