"My Teddy Edwards" is a story that revolves around my mother's life, with a focus on her courageous battle with depression. It's an amalgamation of cherished images from her childhood, intertwined with heartfelt letters she wrote during her moments of seeking solace from her struggles, complemented by snapshots captured throughout the year.
This deeply personal project holds a special place in my heart, as it strikes a chord both figuratively and literally with my own life experiences. Amidst the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, I faced personal losses and even found myself grappling with depression. However, the lockdowns provided an unexpected silver lining—a chance to spend invaluable time with my mother. It was during those moments that I truly grasped the immeasurable importance of the people closest to me, especially the incredible woman who has shaped my life.
At the core of this project lies a humble letter penned by my mother during her challenging journey through depression. In this tender message, she lovingly reminisced about Teddy Edwards, her faithful teddy bear who has been by her side since her early infancy. Through Teddy Edwards, she found solace in memories of her carefree childhood in Milton, Glasgow—a time when her family was thriving, and worries were far away. The story of Teddy Edwards deeply resonated with me, serving as a poignant reminder of my mother's unwavering love for her home and family, inspiring me to embark on this meaningful endeavour.
I hope that my mother's story touches the hearts of others, just as it has touched mine. For her, this project is a humble display of my love and appreciation. To me, she is my home.