by Toby Pring


James Lazib

28 October 2017 - 20:11:54
"Something about the simplicity of this photo is very striking. The person's eyes seem to be the only way to communicate with the viewer as the plasters are obstructing his speech. I like how the photo is in black and white which further highlights the persons sense of loneliness and having the plasters pop out of the page and in colour shows the importance in the picture and the persons life. To me it suggests that the plasters could represent how some illnesses can prevent a patient from speaking out about their health due to stigma or a fear of others not understanding. For example areas of mental health are still misunderstood and can leave people that suffer from it feeling isolated"

Ben Hartshorn

29 October 2017 - 15:17:11
"This piece of art is definitely portraying a symptom that the patient is not comfortable talking about, maybe due to stigma. I also think it could be showing part of the clinical ice berg, which explains there are certain symptoms that patients never tell their GPs. I like the simplicity of the piece as it shows that even the simplest of problems and symptoms can be hard for a patient to get off their chest. "

Simrath Kenth

29 October 2017 - 15:23:33
"This photo reminds me of junior doctor who's opinion does not matter. The fact that the photo is in black and white suggests that this could be a start of a new era, and that junior doctors not having a say in much is of the past. Furthetmore the plasters are the only things in colour, highlights the importance of the message - that the junior doctors may lack the authority to state their opinion in many situations. "

Trevor Thompson

26 October 2019 - 17:19:39
"I wonder if Toby found his voice?"

Ella Plumb

01 November 2019 - 06:41:49
"This photo is simplistic yet very striking, and I think the use of plasters to cover the mouth is very symbolic. For me this photo represents a paternalistic doctor-patient relationship in which the patient has no say and feels silenced by the doctor's authority. The use of plasters (often used to cover small, insignificant cuts) indicates that what the patient is saying is being dismissed and is not being taken seriously. This highlights the importance of shared decision making to ensure that patients feel heard and involved in their own care. "

David Owen

03 November 2019 - 20:55:16
"The significance of the plasters over the mouth of the Doctor while his eyes remain wide open is significant as it shows how Doctors in their roll see a lot. A lot they wish they could change for the good but are held back in speaking out. This could be making reference to the mental health problems that doctors disproportionately suffer from and the stigma that is attached to them which prevents them from speaking out and getting help from other people. For me, a plaster being used represents the way that it is in a medical setting that a doctor feels his voice is being held back. Further, the simplicity of the monochrome format laid out onto the image puts the viewer in a pessimistic state of mind, which similarly reflects the way the doctor is feeling about his silence."