These Unflinching Photos Capture The Reality Of The Human Condition – From Birth To Death

A series of photographs that capture the full course of life (along with its ups and downs) have been unveiled by The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS).

The photos were chosen as the finalists and shortlisted entries for a photography competition called flash points, which explores the different health issues, challenges and risks at play throughout each stage of life for people in the UK today.

“Topics as varied as body image, dementia, and sexual health inspired some of the entries,” explained Shirley Cramer CBE, chief executive at RSPH.

“We hope the selected works capture the breadth and depth of issues which confront people at different stages of life, both for the public and for those working to improve and protect the public’s health.”

Here are some of our favourites. If there’s one thing these photos remind us it’s that no matter what challenges we may face, humans are resilient to the core.

Early Years – ‘Arrival’ by Kauser Parveen

“The birth of a child into the world instills hope, fear and joy.”

Childhood – ‘Untitled’ by Shelby Marie Clemens

“This photo was captured in Penzance, UK. My little sister has a life-threatening condition called lissencephaly which makes her not talk, walk or eat. She suffers from epilepsy, fits and much more.

“I love her so much, and as I was watching her she was gazing at the clouds and the sea. She looked happy, and she stood out in the photo; the sky reflected on her like a mirror. Photos like this are memories that I treasure forever.”

Adolescence – ‘Untitled’ by David Shaw

“Malaika Khalid, a young British girl who is from a Pakistani descent watches the town of Oldham go by. Oldham was named as Britain’s most deprived town of 2016 and suffers high levels of poverty which has led to community tensions between the perceived ‘White British’ and ‘Asian’ communities.

“Many local British Asian people talk of an identity crisis; they feel that they are British, due to being born and living their lives in the UK, however they often still live in closed Pakistani or Bangladeshi communities, both physically in the town and socially.”

Adolescence – ‘Divergent Pier, Saltburn on Sea’ by Robert Herringshaw

“It was shortly before my 16th birthday. My parents and I had taken a school friend of mine with us on holiday to Yorkshire. David

Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle

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