Annie Bradford and Chris Wallace have published a book of photographs to voice the stages of grief.
Annie Bradford and Chris Wallace have published a book of photographs to voice the stages of grief. Emma Channon

Book gives grief a voice

ANNIE Bradford pauses mid sentence to wipe away a tear.

Taking another breath, she apologises for the break with a smile before explaining her visit to the Daily News.

“Grief affects everyone these days,” she begins again.

“This was about putting your emotions down and it is exactly how we felt.”

Two years ago, Mrs Bradford’s world was turned upside down when her husband Phillip died suddenly from a heart attack.

Phillip was an avid cyclist and was considered to be fit, so his death was an absolute shock to his wife and daughter.

Needing a way to express her grief, Mrs Bradford turned to best friend Chris Wallace to help pour her feelings into a project.

The result of it has been the release of a touching book entitled “what is?”.

“It’s just emotions,” explained Mrs Wallace.

“We sat down one night and talked about the grief process and it ended up being really good for everyone.”

The pair of talented photographers has compiled some of their favourite photos into a 32-page book, and has explored the feelings one goes through when they experience the death of a loved one.

The photographs were all taken before Mr Bradford’s death – one even features the man himself.

Mrs Bradford said she felt “compelled” to create the book.

“Your world changes and the dynamics of it (when a loved one dies),” she said.

“But you’ve got to keep going and the world does keep going.

“Talking about (the grieving process) doesn’t take the sadness away, but I think it makes you more aware of what you’re going through.”

The idea to put pen to paper with photos was greatly supported by friends and family.

“My daughter gave me lots of encouragement and so did my friends, one of whom printed the book,” she said.

Mrs Wallace added the pair was proud they did something for Mr Bradford, and that he’d be pretty pleased.

“It’s exciting to have it in our hands,” Mrs Bradford said.

“It means we’ve nearly at the end of the journey. We just felt the last part was to come here and let people know about it.”

And being naturally shy, it took a lot of courage for the pair to come forward.

Both women hope the book will help others going through the same life changes.

“We don’t want to make money out of it – the cost of the book just covers the publishing costs,” Mrs Bradford said.

“But if it helps someone else, then we’ve done our job.”

The books are being sold for $12.50 each.

They can be ordered via email at soulensimages@yahoo.com.au or by calling 4661 2936.



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