Stephen James Moore began exploring themes of memory and its loss in his writing and photography after he’d learned of his grandmother’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease. Her love of music inspired him to write a poem in her honor, after she confided that Bolero, composed by Maurice Ravel, was her favorite piece of music. At the time he submitted his photograph called Brighthelmston Eye, he was working on a performance during the Mental Health Awareness Week in October 2017 which culminated in a multimedia evening at Bristol Mental Hospital, Glenside Hospital Museum, a former mental health institute.
He says of his black and white photograph, Brighthelmston Eye, of a slow moving ferris wheel on the beach of Brighton, UK, that it “was the name originally used for Brighton, United Kingdom from the 14th to the 18th century. Brighton has had a turbulent history with regards mental health problems within its population. During the 1930’s it was nicknamed ‘Queen of Slaughtering Places’ due to homicides connected to the Trunk Murders.” His photograph was intended to capture an image of “the sacred within the profane."
His greatest challenge is working solo as both a photographer and a writer. Each profession is “a lone sport.” He’s been inspired by his work within “the mental health/learning difficulties care sector, and more specifically, draws upon the “mental health attitudes across the UK.”
Like other contributors, Stephen continues to keep “moving forward, not staying still,” and has been working on several projects.
This includes a poetry and prose collection entitled, “Carniville/Meat Town,” which concerns the use of people with chromosome abnormalities in the American entertainment industry. He hopes to highlight changes in attitude to physical and mental differences in the population.
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Further works may be found at Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephen_james_moore/
Anchala Studios, LLC is a micro press based in Chapel Hill, NC which selects projects appealing to broad audiences and which enrich the community. The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory is its first publication.