|LOOK! TWO HANDS! by Ada Yu|
Ada suggested that we each choose a place in London where we had never been before and so l chose Highgate Cemetery and she chose the Tibetan Peace Garden. This picture was taken at the cemetery and l picked it because it shows my right hand affected by Polio (which l contracted when I was seven years old) and my left hand affected by Parkinson’s Disease both trying to get a handkerchief out of my pocket with limited success. It is thought that there may be a link between Polio and Parkinson’s in that, if you have suffered previously from the former, you are more likely to get the latter – a sort of double whammy but l have to say that the experience of having Polio probably helped me cope better with Parkinson’s.
Ada was introduced to me by Alexey Moskvin. Her work deals with the perception of time and the solipsistic parallels of reality. She treats the camera as a living partner and an independent judge in order to solve imaginative puzzles. She does like to laugh too as was exemplified when we came across a grave in Highgate Cemetery with a stone on which was written "DEAD"- nothing else, just "DEAD".
And she smokes!