“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”

 

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

Six Years Ago: At first I used my photostream as a means for friends and family to stay in touch by glimpsing the world that bound me. It helped them understand some of the daily pressures in my life. But I soon found the creativity involved was cathartic and a great release from the boredom that engulfed me. However, for my personal security, I had to be extremely careful what images I showed. I couldn't allow it to become general knowledge that I was incarcerated.

 

Four Years Ago: All of that has now changed. My physical freedom has also released me from my virtual constraints and I can begin at last showing my world as it truly was. I'm trying as best as I can to document life in a developing nation's prison. To provide people with a view of life as I hope they never have to experience it. To show them the injustices that happen in any prison system. But also to show them some of the resilience of human nature, and that those who do something 'bad' aren't necessarily 'bad' themselves. It's all too easy to judge someone when you know very little about them as a person or their circumstances.

 

If that all sounds like a bleeding heart liberal, if you view the world in black and white, then maybe my photostream isn't the place for you.

 

Now: Time moves on but sometimes we fail to move with it. There's very little happening in my present existence and even less worth photographing. Instead I busy myself in my past, scanning images from twenty or thirty years ago, trying to organise a life long gone. It's much easier than trying to organise what little I've been left with.

 

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Great photos here, but the prison series indeed is the most striking one. There is nothing so bad that it does not contain something positive as well. You did find that positive bit for yourself in your prison stint and became an artist there - a great reward for an open minded person, with good eyes, wisdom and a w… Read more

Great photos here, but the prison series indeed is the most striking one. There is nothing so bad that it does not contain something positive as well. You did find that positive bit for yourself in your prison stint and became an artist there - a great reward for an open minded person, with good eyes, wisdom and a warm heart.

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December 26, 2012
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The prison photos of James Wired of tattooed boys and men, while he was incarcerated in an Indonesian jail, are some of the most provocative and sensitive photo studies that I have ever seen, either in print or on the web. Somebody needs to get these photos exhibited to the general public! Calling the art world: Los… Read more

The prison photos of James Wired of tattooed boys and men, while he was incarcerated in an Indonesian jail, are some of the most provocative and sensitive photo studies that I have ever seen, either in print or on the web. Somebody needs to get these photos exhibited to the general public! Calling the art world: Los Angeles? New York? London? Paris? Rome? Be the first to "discover" James and give him the recognition that he deserves. John Falch (aka Indogi on Flickr)

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August 21, 2012