J. A. Mortram - Small Town Inertia (2012-13)
"Over the course of working on these stories many situations have arisen and been documented, isolation, poverty, drug abuse, homelessness, self harm, mental illness, juvenile crime, epilepsy though for myself the over riding experience has been one of endurance in spite of the impossible walls life often presents to us. Wall’s that box us in, wall’s that separate us, wall’s to climb to be set free.
This selection of images is a brief look within these documented lives. Lives lived in the U.K. Lives lived in the now. Lives lived within times of much change. As the cultural, political and economic landscape changes these stories depict the final destination for the results of many of those high up and far away decisions and influences. These images depict the full stop of the Welfare State cuts, Housing Benefit cuts, Health cuts, loopholes and failures of systems and what happens when the heart of a community is slowly eroded. These images also depict the lives of those hanging on, bowed yet not broken, of lives where a fight to survive is very real. Fighting apathy, addiction, fighting loneliness, illness all the while clinging to self respect, adrift in the community, in life, but not yet lost.”
Market Town: David: Postcards from the Black - “One of the strangest things is waking up from a dream. In dreams I can still see. I can see everything. I wake and feel I can still see for a time, then the black seeps in and I realise I am awake and in darkness again, where the reality used to be filled with sight, now my dreams are. Where sleep was without light, now that’s my waking life. Everything is upside down. Now being awake is like the dream. My awake nightmare”
Market Town: Simon: Living with Epilepsy - “The last few months have been a tumultuous time for Simon. His seizures, both Nocturnal and Atonic grew in frequency and severity resulting in numerous injuries. As a result his visits and stays in hospital increased. His medication was constantly adjusted to try to tackle a situation spiralling ever out of control. Through it all Simon was stoic and strong, refusing to let his epilepsy beat him.”
Market Town: Tilney1: Electric Tears and All Their Portent - [Tilney1 is an artist with schizotypal and obsessive-compulsive disorders] “’My sleep pattern got fucked up after I was sectioned and put in hospital. I just can’t switch my mind off and the loneliness gets to me.’ Tilney1′s days, a reflection of the selected memories that play with constant repetition within his mind are day upon day the same. He wakes alone from a night spent alone after another day of solitude.”