Invisible Handcuffs

Why does someone choose to live a lie when the truth is clear?

I received a call from a woman with an American accent. She said she was “Stephen Willis’s fiancé”. I didn’t recognise the name or think that I knew anyone called Stephen who had a fiancé. For a moment, I thought she had called the wrong number. Then I realised what was going on. I said I was driving and couldn’t talk. By the time I reached London, she had called twice more and sent one text message…

“Can you please explain the nature of your relationship with my fiancé?”   SMS received 16 Nov 2012, 09:13.

A disturbing tale of modern day love scamming and old fashioned deception ensued. But despite the glaring facts, the fiancé could not let go.

Why DOES a person’s imagination overrule what is known in their heart? How is such mind control orchestrated and what makes one susceptible to it? And under such an influence, is free choice ever even an option?

Ultimately, what facilitates deception and fuels the willingness to be deceived?

A match can be perfect for the wrong reasons…

The ‘Invisible Handcuffs’ photo series comprises stills taken from the short story of the same name. The stills are a mixture of un-staged street and found photographs.


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