Sparrows – By Mike Butt

A Photographic Investigation – Sparrows is an in depth look into his Grandma’s life inside her home in Weston super mare.

Gwen met Allan whilst playing badminton at a local church. They knew as soon as they met that they loved each other and got married soon after in 1963.

Gwen lived in London with her sister and brothers. And was evacuated from London, Islington when she was four during World War 2, and was sent to Weston-Super-Mare which was very different to living in London. Gwen and Allan have lived together ever since they were married, sharing many happy years together.

Gwen loves her flowers and Allan is a keen birdwatcher, he likes to sit in the dining room and look out at the birds in the garden. As times progressed, Gwen’s started to show signs of memory loss and struggles with remembering events and names. Although this has had an impact on those around her, Gwen continues to do what she always has, look after Allan in their home.


Mike Butt is a current second-year BA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography student at The University of Gloucestershire. He just completed a photo book  called “Sparrows” which looks at the life of his grandmothers battle with memory loss. He is also currently working on a new book called “In Between Dreams” which looks at the desolation and job prosperity of a seaside town.

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