The Neon Yellow Preservation Society

Long ago, the editorial team that established the British Journal of Psychiatry chose to front-cover their new journal NEON yellow. The journal has remained neon yellow ever since.

To watch The Neon Yellow Preservation Society please click here or on the image above.

The first President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists:

Writers [see quotes below] sometimes refer to the downsides of  lives lived increasingly separate from the natural world. Not uncommonly the idea of neon [sodium] lighting is used to symbolise this. As all photographers know, fluorescent lighting – neon yellow – casts a most artificial light on any subject.

  • He sighed and looked into the yellow distance– Andrew o’ Hagan
  • Living in Yellow – Deborah Levy
  • They are walking beside us, agree, yet look where their heads are: in that fog of neon – Albert Camus
  • ‘Whatever you do,’ I said, ‘steer away from yellow’– Deborah Levy
  • The ghastly neon lights of the laboratory Valdimir Nabokov
  • It was like a film set – a giant rig of dazzling sodium illumination – a wattage to attract and drown– Jessie Burton

Music credits:
[1] Bugle Boy – by The The [I do not have copyright for this song]
[2] Collapsing Time – by Dexter Britain [kindly made available through common license]

Please Note:
The words, carried forward in this film, come from:
Owen Jones, R L Stevenson, J M Barrie, Evelyn Waugh, George Saunders, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Edwin Morgan, Julian Barnes, C P Snow, Umberto Eco, Candia McWilliam, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Claire Fox, George Orwell, Evelyn Waugh,. Edmund Gosse, Kathleen Jamie, Sylvia Plath, Chimamonda Nggozi Adichie, E M Forster, Howard Jacobson, Janice Galloway, Hilary Mantel, Tomasi di Lampedusa, John Berger, Eley Williams, Andrew o’ Hagan, Valdimir Nabokov, Richard Holloway, Susanna Clarke, A S Byatt, George Orwell, John Lanchester, Deborah Levy , Albert Camus, Thomas Mann, Jessie Burton, and Roy Porter.

This film is for Antony and his mum.


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