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Gathering Light highlights the hope and human spirit of patient research
- Published 8th May 2012
An extraordinary exhibition of 25 photographs by Clare Park opens this month to shine a light on the world of clinical research.
The provocative exhibition in the Street Gallery of University College Hospital takes a rare view of the discipline through the eyes of patients and researchers. The photographs capture the unique relationship between patient and doctor and the hope and human spirit wrapped up in research projects.
The ‘Gathering Light’ exhibition, which runs from 4 May to 27 June, is the result of a ground-breaking project in which Clare works with five researchers and their patients to explore their response to the exciting but challenging journey in clinical research. The focus is on ‘translational research’ where researchers work to transform scientific discoveries into new treatments that have a direct effect on patient care.
Clare, who won the Royal Photographic Society’s 153rd International Print Exhibition and is well known for her work with theatre and dance companies, is continuing her 20 year collaboration of ‘ Breaking Form: Buz and Parkinson’s’ with a UCLH patient exploring the impact of Parkinson’s disease on his family.
‘Gathering Light’ is my interpretation of the collective force emerging out of individual visions. All the subjects in this project are looking away from camera, reflecting their sense of contemplation and inner resolve.’ Clare - www.clarepark.tv
‘The challenge of this project has been to convey in pictures the unique relationship between a patient and their doctor, when both are involved in medical research.
In some circumstances, patients volunteer to take part in studies where the potential benefit to them individually is unknown. It is an extraordinary example of unselfishness, generosity, hope and human spirit. The perseverance, determination and vision of the researcher is more than met by their partner in discovery. We are totally dependent on each other. Clare's thought-provoking photos have brought this into focus.’ Dr Emma Morris