An Artfelt thanks Pete McKee
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Being Brave

This is a series of portraits of patients in exodontia (tooth extraction) clinics. Despite requiring general anaesthetic, this is a relatively quick procedure – patients are usually in and out of the hospital in a couple of hours.

I photographed patients in the waiting room prior to the operation, and then in the recovery room immediately afterwards. In recovery, children were disorientated, woozy from the general anaesthetic and often upset. Their bravery in posing for a portrait despite this can be clearly seen.

I chose to document the procedure in this manner to reflect the experience of the patient. They have no memory of the procedure; they are unconscious between the two time points recorded here.

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Andy Brown is a professional photographer based in Sheffield. He works with a variety of PR and design clients. He has no previous experience of the hospital.

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