Home Pharma, the project that was the inspiration for this Your Shot assignment, documents our relationship with medicines in the simplest terms possible. In order to show that medicine is not just a mere commodity, but is a litmus test of the society we live in, this project penetrates the intimacy of families around the world.
In almost every country in the Western world, hidden away in a corner of the bathroom or kitchen, pills, capsules and ointments pile up. In France alone, almost one medicine out of two will not be consumed. In contrast to this wasteful behavior, developing countries suffer from a chronic lack of access to healthcare.
For the past two years I’ve been working on a new project called Happy Pills together with other 3 authors: Edoardo Delille, Arnaud Robert and Paolo Woods. Happy Pills is a multimedia project that will be a movie, book and exhibition by 2020. Two little parts of the project have been published in National Geographic (Haitian Street Vendors, June 2017 and Home Pharma, January 2019). Here you can see other pieces from the January 2019 National Geographic Future of Medicine issue.
For this Your Shot assignment, I was asking to the community to send photos that show how they take care of themselves and, if possible, to be inspired by my project Home Pharma and send photos to show their relationship with medicines.
I have received more the 2,500 photos. A big part of them were really beautiful photos, showing how people take care of themselves in the most various ways: practicing yoga, walking in the forest, playing with their children, taking care of their animals, the list goes on.
After having looked at all the images several times, I decided to select these 33 photos. Even if these are not the best ones from an aesthetic point of view, I felt they are the ones that have the strongest connection with the theme of how we can take care of ourselves through “our relationship with medicines”.
You all have done a great job, congratulations!