Inproduction - Photography Collective

Visualising Illness

In June 2012 my father Peter was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme grade 4, a type of brain tumour, and the most aggressive cancer that begins in the brain. Officially there is no clear way to prevent the disease. Without treatment survival is typically 3 months.

My father has now been alive for 4 and half years, making him part of a small group of people that have outlived all life expectancy predictions, and it is not entirely clear why.

29 people are diagnosed a day with a primary brain tumour in the UK. A recent study indicated that 74% of patients and carers felt that provision of information was the most important service. Considering this, some patients have responded to their diagnosis by “open sourcing” their tumours, this involves publishing all information related to their illness online, creating platforms for experiences and advice to be shared. Response to this has been positive.

As a photographer and journalist, my response to my fathers illness has been to document his progress and communicate with other patients, families and carers around the world. My approach involves a mixture of mediums to convey both mine and his experiences, including photography, MRI scans, and filmed interviews. His story is told here, as well as other patients and authoritative voices involved in the research of Glioblastoma.

author: George Selley