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#prison blog: Log 10; Away from the action

February 8, 2017

I am away from the project for two weeks and as the days go by, I cannot help but wonder how the project is going.  What am I missing out on? Are the co-researchers ok? Did I prepare them enough?  Have there been any problems? I wanted to email Elin but stopped myself as I did not want to impact on the decisions or add to any problems.  I did not have control over the project at this time and this was something I needed to accept. I had to trust them.


Being away from the prison was a time to reflect and as soon as I saw my family I was distracted away from my thoughts around the prison. However, I felt different.  I was not constantly checking my phone for work emails.  I was not in a rush and seemed to feel a lot more relaxed than usual.  I appreciated things more.  I took more time to do things.  I tasted my food more and was aware of my environment more.  I was more aware of the weather and changes in temperature.

I had left all my research work at the place I was staying at Horten, because I was returning there after the break.  This photo was in my journal, as I had accidently printed out two copies.  Every time I looked at it, it said different things to me.  The statement connected to it was simply; “normality”.  It is a photo of an inmate outside his house on the island.


I always dreaded the time I would have to leave my family to return to the prison and identified this as one of the potentially difficult moments of the project.  The day arrived and I felt I dealt with it surprisingly well.  I am dedicated to this project and what it represents.  I felt I had a job to finish and a purpose.  It was something I was responsible for.  I have a story to tell. I need to finish the job I have started and make it the best it can be, with the largest impact.

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