Silver 2020 / Science / Medicine (Non-Pro)

Blood, Cells & Neurons

  • Photographer
    Yas Crawford
  • Agency / Studio
    Yas Crawford Photography
  • Prizes
    Silver in Science/Medicine

'Blood, Cells & Neurons' examines Post-Exertional Malaise or PEM as it is more familiarly called. It is the extreme exhaustion, pain, cognitive networks and deficits that present after exertion in M.E patients with an extremely slow return to baseline. The return could be as long as one day, weeks or months. The mapped landscape revealed in the images acts as a vessel to transport the science in a certain time, creating a safe place for the viewer to absorb the information.The abstraction removes the onerous requirement of controls and variables leaving space for subjective expression.

I was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales and the geological landscape and biological make-up of the area have subliminally influenced my work. I have had a career in geology, microbiology and life sciences. I’ve worked as a scientist, entrepreneur and an artist. And I’m now working in what I called the 'Grey Space' in-between those disciplines. The science – and understanding the science – is key. The science supports the project, and then the art steps in to explain the emotion, ambiguity and the unknown. Using digital, analogue photography, video and cameraless experiments, the work has naturally