We’ve teamed up with photographer Paul Stevenson to produce a series of his photographs as stunning art prints.
Stevenson is an award-winning photographer from Berwick, Northumberland. At the age of 46, whilst married with four young children Paul developed late onset full blown Tourette syndrome. He struggles with severe tics brought on by the disability, making it difficult for him to leave his house.
Photography became a means of escape for Paul, easing his tics and as a means to express his creativity. The photographer captures majestic images of the Northern landscape which convey an air of calm and serenity, a juxtaposition to Stevenson’s daily struggle with Tourette syndrome.
Paul Stevenson is featured in the new BBC Two series Employable Me. The programme charts people with neurological conditions across Britain who struggle to find employment due to their disability. At the heart of the series is the goal of changing the perception of employers, towards people with neurological disabilities such as Tourette’s, autism, ADHD and Down’s syndrome. Employable Me seeks to raise awareness about neurodiversity in the workplace. A radical new new idea is emerging in science: that neurological conditions should not always be viewed as a negative, many people have invaluable skills often overlooked by employers.
“I accepted the invitation to be part of this programme was to help raise positive awareness and to help change perceptions and show that we, folk with full blown Tourette syndrome, still have a big part to play and to offer in society.” – Paul Stevenson
The first episode of the documentary series follows Paul’s journey with us from his initial chat with our Art Director and Founder Gyr King, through to proofing his art prints ready for publication. Paul’s stunning photography demonstrates that his Tourette’s does not define him nor his ability to produce great work.
Employable Me airs on BBC Two at 9pm Wednesday 23rd of March 2016. Or catch it on iPlayer here.
For more information visit Tourettes Action.