“To the man I love”
A few words that resonate with anyone who has been in love and for those yearning to be loved and to love.
That little phrase means so much; it has depth, passion, warmth…. It is a phrase making you want to know more; more about the man and more about the person behind the words.
The person behind those words is a woman; a woman grieving and in pain, suffering disbelief and loss.
The woman is Emma Grey and the man she loves is Jeffrey Grey, her husband.
Professor Jeffrey Grey died suddenly, recently.
A mutual friend Trish Smith contacted me after reading Emma’s words to the man she loves….
Jeffrey’s life may have been cut short but his presence is still all consuming, at home and in his office.
It is with this thought that Trish suggested we preserve Jeffrey’s presence forever with photography. I am a photographer for Heartfelt which is an organisation of volunteer professional photographers who give the gift of photographic memories for families suffering stillborn and terminally ill children. I see my ability for photography as a gift to provoke change, to saviour moments but to help the grieving process. I know how much a photograph can help someone and the profound impact it can have, so there was absolutely no question, I had to create a portrait of the spaces that Jeffrey occupied in his home and work life.
Photography to me is more than a product or service. Historically, photography has been used for good, to provoke change as in Peter Dombrovski’s image that helped stop the damming of the Franklin River in Tasmania, Dorothea Lange’s images of tenant farmers in America and Lewis Hines’ photographs of child labour and not just for posting selfies of cats on Instagram….
I am a passionately frustrated photo-documentary photographer. I like to think I am a story-teller. So with this I have created what Trish calls “little vignettes of Jeffrey’s daily life” I feel we get a lovely sense of the man, husband and father but also of the space he has left in Emma and Seb’s life and of her daughters and Jeffrey’s children, too.
and at home…
An obituary for Professor Jeffrey Grey can be found here