Oliver Sacks, a British-born neurologist, had many gifts. He discovered innovative ways to treat the patients others had given up on; he saw the person, where other doctors saw disease; and he shared his insights through his writing. Warm, engaging, poetic and compelling, his books transformed popular thought on brain science and the human condition.
On learning that he had terminal cancer, Sacks wrote: "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers.
"Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure." We couldn't resist trying to capture his extraordinary adventure in pictures.
There can be no-one better qualified to create a visual biography of Sacks than neuroscientist and illustrator Matteo Farinella. Oliver Sacks was always a great inspiration to Matteo, and we think he really did the great man justice. Look out for more exciting collaborations with Matteo in the future.
A scribituary is Scriberia’s own take on the obituary, and they give us a chance to do what we do best. As a specialist animation, graphic facilitation and illustration agency, we believe in the power of pictures to tell stories and connect people to content and its context.
A life, illustrated in a way that balances fact with feeling, and story with style, is the ultimate challenge for us as visual storytellers.