Authors: Guy Frederick
Event: 2013 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award level: Gold
Award category: Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project
Abstract: The Space Between Words is a photojournalist exhibition by Christchurch based photographer & writer Guy Frederick, as recipient of the 2011 NZ Mental Health Media Grant. The portraits and accompanying stories chronicle the internal journeys of a cross section of 14 individuals in the two years following the region’s devastating earthquakes. The goal of this project is to reduce stigma and discrimination of mental distress following a significant natural event(s), and the promotion of recovery responses as told through stories. The strength of the portraits and associated narratives written in first person add a particular power to the exhibition. Guy was committed to sharing the project in order to increase understanding of mental distress associated with stress, anxiety and trauma as a result of the quakes. The project has been exhibited in Christchurch, Wellington (including a six- month residency in the National Library of NZ) and will show in Auckland in May 2013. Description of Facility/Organisation: Guy Frederick is a freelance photographer and writer based in Christchurch. Guy originally qualified in geography from Otago University and is particularly interested in people and their connection to, and relationship with, the environment. Guy’s natural flair with photography led him to using this medium to further define and examine his interest in this area. When Guy started working as a freelance photojournalist, he worked part time at NZ Care Group Ltd in the disability sector, where he gained valuable knowledge of the industry and associated issues. On a day-to-day basis Guy is commissioned for portraits and editorial content for high profile national magazines such as North & South, NZ Geographic and NZ Life & Leisure. The Space Between Words continues Guy’s interest in examining the intricate relationship between people and their environment, and how each shapes and defines the other.