I particularly remember a meeting at Stratheden with the General Manager where I felt disempowered and marginalised while he just sat there, doing nothing to help me get justice for human rights abuses against my son, because he didn't have to. And so I decided to start capturing the hospital grounds environment outside, since I couldn't do anything about the inside, and put photos in a new blog, taking back the power:
Stratheden Hospital blog first post Saturday 28 July 2012: photos taken 16 July 2012
Having a camera on mobile device has helped me to be empowered and to take back the power. I've got used to taking lots of selfies and tweeting them, in effect saying I woz here! I also do wee videos on the move, recording my thoughts in action. It's liberating, I find, to have the technology on hand to shoot and capture what's in front of me, or behind. Good practice should I ever have to advocate for family members again in a psychiatric ward and witness patients at risk of exploitation.
Six years ago my son was mentally, physically and sexually abused by psychiatric Nurses and they got away with it. I won't be letting it happen again to any of my family. If Nurses dare to bully, intimidate and surround me in numbers then I shall capture their image and broadcast it to the world, there and then. And if they lay a hand on me then I shall report them to the Police, for assault.
Being a practised mobile phone snapper gives me the power to expose bullies should the occasion arise when my space is invaded. I do many shots on the move, walking, even jogging, from place to place, on buses and trains, in streets and buildings. It's a skill that I'm glad to have gained and is useful when tweeting and writing blog posts.
A selection of photos from last week's travels:
|from Aberdour Castle|
|Pictish stone Meigle Museum|
|Broughty Ferry with bike|
|Dundee's new rail station entrance|