Clare Park: Breaking Form

Breaking Form: Buz and Parkinson’s is the result of a 15-year collaboration between photographer Clare Park, Parkinson’s sufferer Buz Williams and his wife Debbie Green

Doppelganger: “He could roar at the powers that be, who gave him Viagra, free parking and a bus pass. Or he could yawn at his doppelganger, who would not know the difference… ” Buz Williams

Breaking Form: Buz and Parkinson’s is the result of a 15-year collaboration between photographer Clare Park, Parkinson’s sufferer Buz Williams and his wife Debbie Green

The extraordinary series of images are currently on show in Glasgow at the World Parkinson’s Congress, hosted by Parkinson’s UK.

From Real To Sacred: “30 years of Parkinson’s; 24 years of marriage; 36 years of employment; 8 years of retirement; 21 years of fatherhood; 44 years of fishing; 15 years of photography…” Buz Williams

The above image, From Real To The Sacred, was the Gold Medal winner of the Royal Photographic Society’s 153rd International Print Exhibition this year. Here’s what Park had to say about it and the project: “Breaking Form is a narrative photographic study of Buz Williams and Parkinson’s disease, developed over the past 15 years within a context of its creators’ personal lives and shared professional backgrounds of theatre, movement and dance. The images are built on
small details that tumble out of memories and imagination, yet it is the perspective beyond the day-today reality of Parkinson’s imbued within the imagery, that offers inspiration to Buz, as well as the possibility of a personal connection for the viewer.

“Placing himself in the public sphere and gaze gives Buz a sense of power and self-recognition at a time when control is diminishing in his everyday life, yet the intimacy and tenderness of these portraits hopefully extends outwards
to remind people of the universality of our human condition.”

Plethora Of Delights: “My Ayurvedic guru warned me that eventually his magic powder would not be enough and that I would have to put my faith in chemicals…” Buz Williams

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