A Life Electric is an ongoing multimedia documentary project commencing in January 2018. My mission - along with my partner Eszter and group of journalist and photographer friends - is to document the lives of people around the world living with epilepsy to shine a light onto this mysterious affliction.
Today, 50 million people around live with epilepsy and in the United Kingdom alone 1,200 people each year lose their lives to the illness.
I come to this project with a frustration about the lack of art, film and photography projects dedicated to the subject. I also feel that there are thousands of untold stories about men, women and children who defy their epilepsy each day with acts of incredible strength, courage and zeal for life that deserve to be heard and seen.
As with climbing any mountain, I'm going to tackle this one step at a time. My first target is to document 19 people profiles in 2018. Their stories will be published online and in print. After this target, I'll assess the project and report back. I am looking to photograph, film and write about people living with epilepsy around the world using my network of professionals to create a multimedia art study on the subject. If you know of a personal story of epilepsy and want to reach out to us, you can here or through the social media channels here.
This project is dedicated to Blair Morton. He defied his illness every day until his life was taken from him on May 15, 1998, aged 19.
Fraser MortonJanuary 2018