Letters To A Dead Man – Beatriz Richardson

Letters to a Dead Man is a visual dialogue of my thoughts and emotions of the time spent with my ex-boyfriend.

The on and off relationship followed a pattern of abusive behaviours from my partner; with him often threatening to end his own life if I wasn’t intimate with him, as well as lying, emotional manipulation and mind games. This photo series serves as a reflection of everything that happened to me that shouldn’t have, and a way of letting myself come to terms with what happened and letting myself heal.

 

Letters to A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

Letters to  A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

Letters to A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

 

The project addresses three years of rules I had to follow, morals that I compromised and emotional scars that I’m still trying my best to cover up. The images, combined with my own words* written at the time of the final separation, retell the repetitive and confusing narrative of my own train of thought during the cycles of abuse and heartbreak.

Letters to A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

Letters to A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

Letters to A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

Letters to A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

Letters to A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

 

 

Letters to A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

*“I still look for you in everything

maybe one day I won’t

maybe one day someone will touch me

and I’ll want it

maybe one day I won’t be asking if you were the thing that filled my empty spaces

or the thing that made them empty in the first place

maybe one day I can live without your lifeline around my neck

I still feel it tugging

maybe it’s a reminder that you’ll always follow me

maybe it’s a whisper letting me know that I’ll always belong to you

maybe one day I can belong to myself again.”

Letters to A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

 

 

 

Letters to A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

 

 

Letters to A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

Letters to A Dead Man © Bea Richardson

 

 

For more of Beatriz’s work please see her website or follow her visual diary on Instagram.

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