Survivors: Life Unfiltered is a joint creative project between Richard Booth, award winning photographer and Director, and Maddy Warren aka “Queen of Dialysis”, copywriter.
We have devised this project using art and storytelling as a way to portray the strength, vulnerability and resilience of those who are affected by Chronic Kidney Disease, shining a light on some of the challenges they face. Our aim is to share thought provoking, inspiring human stories that offer a different perspective on the world, as well as to provide important education about kidney health. By displaying our images as diptychs, we are seeking to contrast people’s outward facing daily lives and passions, against the less visible but significant time commitment and reality of living with their condition.
We have photographed and filmed interviews with over 30 people and families; our “Survivors” range from two to 78 years old and come from all walks of life. Their stories are all unique, covering topics as diverse as facing mortality, mental health, body image, gratitude, survivor’s guilt, silver linings, reconciling with a “new” normal and finding hope whilst living with a life limiting condition.
Survivors: Life Unfiltered
“Kidney disease is so hidden. Constant pain and fatigue makes you feel older than your years but nobody sees you are struggling. I had 2 transplants by my early 20s and I’m back on dialysis again. I missed a lot of normal teenage stuff, I have a wonderful family but friends just drift when you are always ill or tired”