Noted Statistics for a Subarachnoid Brain Haemorrhage

Improvement tends to occur between 4 and 18 months after the event but even those who have independent living often have some cognitive defect. Younger patients do better.
Up to 60% of patients die in the first 30 days. 10% die immediately without any warning symptoms and an additional 25% die or become disabled.
Hospitalised patients have an average mortality rate of 40% in the first month. Rebleeding, a major complication, carries a mortality rate of 51-80%.
Delayed cerebral ischaemia due to vasospasm, the most deadly of all complications, affects 20% of angiographically visualised cases of vasospasm.
In a survey of 610 patients who were interviewed a mean of 8.9 years after subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), there was marked morbidity.

  • Of the employed patients, 26% stopped working and 24% worked shorter hours or had a position with less responsibility.
  • On average, patients returned to work 9.4 months after discharge (range 0-96 months).
  • Related problems caused divorce in 7%.
  • There were changes in personality in 59%, with the most common being increased irritability (37%) or emotionality (29%).
  • Patients with SAH had a statistically significant higher mean depression score than the control population. Approximately 10% of the patients had a Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale score in the range of a probable depressive or anxious state.
  • Only 25% reported a complete recovery without psychosocial or neurological problems.
    • 5% or more of patients develop epilepsy after discharge.
    • After occlusion of the anterior communicating artery in particular, around 30% develop anosmia.

    A sudden deterioration in level of consciousness within the first few hours suggests further bleeding. This carries a mortality rate of 51-80%.

    SAH is a form of stroke and comprises 1–7% of all strokes

    Up to half of all cases of SAH are fatal and 10–15% of casualties die before reaching a hospital, and those who survive often have neurological or cognitive impairment.

    higher than normal levels of cholesterol. Approximately 4% of aneurysmal bleeds occur after sexual intercourse and 10% of people with SAH are bending over or lifting heavy objects at the onset of their symptoms.


Wired Magazine – Stephen Mayes Article by Pete Brook


This has been the Article that has really changed my direction of research. After reading this Article i realised that a great topic to focus on that really appeals to the aspects i’m intersted in,  is Instagram. Everyone at the moment is talking about Instagram especially as they have just reached 100 million users. It is surely a massive demonstration of how we are using images differently. In this Article i mostly agree with what Mayes is saying but i tend to lean towards more the idea that he is abandoning the imporance of the Artefact. He is Abandoning the idea that we still have a place for the ‘Fixed Image’. This article really has been the catalyst for my Research project. I want to try and challenge the idea of the fluid image a little bit and also Mayes and Ritchin’s views. I really ant to demonstrate the way in which people are denying the fluid image or reverting back to the advantages of the Analog Fixed Image. I think Innstagram and the way it works can be used in my Prsentation as a perfect example of the Fluid image, simply becasue Instagram works in the same way as a social network, it is a social network, just wth images instead of text. There is a constant feed and eventually the images disappear.

There are some great key points in this article which i can use and strongly reference to. I like the analogy of the ‘horeless carriage’ which Mayes uses and this is something i have Ritchin use before too. There is also an idea od ‘Nostalgia’ in this article which Mayes briefly talks about which i also think can send me on a very important area of research.

Phonar Idea and reaching out to the SAH Community

As i will be pitching my idea soon i will not into too much detail about my idea for phonar but i will share what i have been up to in regards as to dveveloping interest into my project.

I ave decided to get in contact and appeal for other survivors of Subarachnoid Haemorrhages to come foward and shae their stories. I decided to look at what already exsisting forums are out there on the internet to use as possible platforms to promote the project i have been doing with my Dad and to also ask if anyone would like to contribute. I contacted the 3 main online support platforms and 2 of them agrred that i could post a thread about asking for Survivors to share their stories. Here are some Screenshots of my posts:




This is the I think there forum is currently having some trouble as the graphics are not showing up but my post is still there in the text form.



This is

So far i have had some good response from this and with a few tweets and shares from both charities twitter accounts i have reached out to a lot of people.

I have been emailing a select few people who i wont name yet as i am not sure of their involvment with the project at this early stage but there has definatly been a positive response so far and it seems as if my idea and follow through with it would be well recieved by the SAH survivors community.

I am currently on the look out for more online platforms to get in touch with and also to appeal for contributors. I then may even look at going to local support groups and seeing if they can be of any help to me to get this project involved with the wider community.


Phonar – Spencer Murphy- The Four Looks of Photography.

Spencer Murphy “The willing suspension of critical engagement: the four looks of photography” from Matt Johnston on Vimeo.



Spencer Murphy came in to give us a guest lecture in the phonar class today. His main idea was to try and give us a thought about the ‘four looks of photography’. Whereas we as photographers usually talk about the 3 looks, those being, photographer/subject/audience. Spencer tried tog et us to think about the Fourth Look. I understood it as an almost extention of the Audience. When the Audience or viewer see’s the work the work takes a whole new meaning and understanding. It somewhat treads on ideas of Authorship and how the Author may not matter because the audience give a piece meaning. Spencer talked to us about ideas of legitimacy. The idea that it has been a long struggle for Photography and film to gain legitimacy. The Fourth look is something to think about as it is an idea which seems itself legitimate. I tried to think of it in ways where a piece of Photography or Film has an effect on you where you actually wish to change something or as spencer put it, if you can make a piece of work where it makes a person reveal something about themself, that is power, and that is how you make a name for yourself. Best way to Sum it up i think.


Research Proposal *Updated*

Here is my Updated and Final Research Proposal

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#Phonar ‘a life in the day’ Idea

My main idea is to carry on under the project banner ‘does not suggest that death within 6 months is likely to occur’. The project that is following my Father and investigating the effects of the welfare reform bill as well as life after a brain haemorrhage.
This has also made me think about other Brain Haemorrhage survivors and if i would be able to get them to share their stories, maybe their accounts of the day they had their Haemorrhage. I’d like to gather a few Sub-arachnoid Haemorrhage survivors stories and then potentially Photograph them and produce some sort of Audio and Visual Piece.

If you have survived a Sub-Arachnoid Haemorrhage and want to shae your story please Email me


i have also posted on a support forum for Sub-Arachoid survivors.,45.0.html

I’m On Instagram


I have decided to start using Instagram in an attempt to get to know it first hand. If my Research and presentation is going to be on it i think the best expereince i can get of it is if i start using it. Above you will find a link to my profile which i have also just published on Twitter which hopefuly will get me some followers and i can start contributing my own Instagram Images to the Fluid Instagram Environment.

If i continue to use it, it may be a good idea to try and bring the images i take between now and my symposium into my presentation somehow, maybe i could fix these fluid images myself to display to the audience….

Robbie Cooper – Guest Lecture- Phonar

This week it was a big suprise to have Robbie Cooper Stop by class and treat us to a look over his work and the key ideas surrounding it. He talked to us mostly about his career and how he went from the age of 22 (the average age of the class) up to his most recent ideas on his ‘Immersion’ project.

It was great to get a Practictioner like Robbie Cooper in to talk to us. He has been very succesful and i think a lot of the class take some inspiration from him and his career. It was great hearing him talk of his work and the ideas behind it. It was good to see how he has gone from photography to now using Video in some of his work. He sems like a photograher who has adapted to the new media world, and it seems as if he plans to keep adapting to the new forms of communication and story telling. He was taling of his latest idea of making a Video Game. An industry which is booming and has yet to break into th Art world. Can a Video Game be Art? a question which reminds me of is Photography Art? a question of legitimacy that spanned for decades. His ideas do seem to have a lot of concept behind or they are layered up with meaning behind the actual piece or artefact.

Robbie Cooper seems like a good example of the saying ‘if you dont ask you dont get’. This comes from when he told us of faxing through an idea to Paystation and a few hours later they phoned him and gave him finding to see the project through. Obviously a good Idea and Luck also come into play, the right time and right place. Or the Right Idea in the Right time.



Brian Palmers top tips for Phonar


Brian’s top-tips for #phonar

  • 1. Do your research.
  • 2. Go! By foot, car, bus. Show up [or turn up if that’s UK style]. Meet and greet people, which might mean leaving the camera in your bag at first.
  • 3. Be open and clear to the people you’re hoping to represent
  • 4. Enable them to collaborate.
  • 5. Be transparent, both in how you work and about your relationship with the subject.
  • 6. Allow the story to grow organically and then pare it down.


Meet and Great people which may mean leaving the camera in the bag at first! Great point, i think that might be the most important one! Too many times i hear Keep shooting and have your camera at the hip. I think it speaks to me that point. I am not a Photographer who is always shooting like some. I feel like i take a lot of time to asses what i’d like to capture. Sometimes there is a case of the snapshot or decisive moment but i think sometimes you need to get to know the subject at least a little before telling their story.

‘boots on the ground reporter’ – A storify from the class.

Brain Palmer – Phonar contribution.

I especially like how Brian came from a street Photography Background. An idea of the candid moment, the snapshot or decisive moment. For him to talk about negotiating the camera away from the subject at first if needs be in his top tips is really interesting. Maybe the collaboration of a story with the subject gains a better result than just taking the story from a subject for you to tell. Afterall it’s the Subjects story so isnt it our job to help them tell it and not take it?


Chris Floyd talks to Phonar

#Phonar Joined in Class by Chris Floyd from Matt Johnston on Vimeo.

This Week Chris Floyd Drove himself all the way up from London to have some Phonar Food and talk to us about his Career and his Practice as a Photographer. It was good to get someone in and have a conversationg with a more commercial practitioner who is currently working and being commisioned. He took us through his work with a great sense of humour but went into good detail with his experiences with working with clients. It was especially good hear him talk of how he has been able to deal with big Celebrity egos in the past and how he thinks up new ways to ‘break the ice’ between photographer and subject. I noticed a lot, he talked about previsualisation which was a nice refresher of our Picbod days! He always seemed to have a good idea of what he was going out to try and achieve with a shoot. For example when he Photographed an awkward Paul McCartney!