'It Starts With Silence'
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Imagine that abortion is illegal, with a
maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Imagine that there is a pregnancy, which is doomed to end in tragedy.
Imagine that there is nothing you can do.
Nothing you can do, but carry the weight and wait.
'It Starts With Silence' addresses subject matter, which many consider taboo, it forms a photographic narrative around the illegality of abortion and how that law affected the artist as a man, a husband, and a father.
Employing photography and text, Richard
Gosnold powerfully communicates the complexities of his emotions. He reflects
upon his sense of place, within the political and physical landscape of
Northern Ireland, a place to which, his wife was desperate to return. A place,
where politicians remain fanatical in their desire to control the bodies of
This is a work of protest, which is
inspired by personal conversations. Conversations held in small rooms, behind
closed doors. Conversations, which help to inform policymakers who have the
power to change laws.
It is a sorrowful lament, a work of love
for all who are troubled with crisis pregnancies. A message of hope and
solidarity for all whose voices are lost among the chaos of political
discourse. Set in a small country in the North of Ireland, this story remains
politically relevant and resonates around the world.
It Starts With Silence was shortlisted for the Unseen Dummy Award in 2019.
More information about the book can be found here.
Publisher Kehrer Verlag
Texts by Richard Gosnold
Designed by Richard Gosnold and Loreen Lampe
Hardcover, 16.5 x 22cm
142 pages plus gatefold
82 colour and b/w images
Galaxi Art Supermat (FSC) 150 & 90gsm