The purpose of this series is to express a small piece of the loneliness, heartache, suffering and frustration that many experience in the midst of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. I wanted to do this project in order to draw attention and spark conversation on something that is usually avoided.
“For too long we have swept the problems of mental illness under the carpet… and hoped that they would go away.” – Richard J. Codey
Moreover, the prevalence of mental health issues on college campuses is at an all-time high. With over 40% of students in the United States having a diagnosable mental illness, this is a topic that needs our attention now.
Each photo is centered around the desperation and instability experienced alongside illness. Those who encounter mental health issues often feel isolated, alone, hopeless, destroyed, violated and completely without purpose.
This is a conceptual series. The photographs were created to provoke thought and discussion. They are based off of what I've experienced and have observed. My encounters with mental health issues are just a small glimpse of what many go through. Each piece is of course open to interpretation by the viewer.
Senior Project - 2014
"We often get swallowed up by our surroundings. When a person is faced with the environment beyond, a relationship forms between the individual and the expansive space. I believe this is very beautiful. It is the purpose of this photo series to capture that personal interaction. We can tell a lot about someone from their stature, their poise, and just their being in a photograph. We can interpret the storyline—what is happening in that captured moment of that person’s life based off of the little bit of information provided in the image. Viewing the world at large and its expansive beauty calls for a definitive response from any viewer, and witnessing the viewer personally experience this in these photographs calls for a response from within ourselves."
My class was asked to post a selfie onto our Instagram profiles for five consecutive days to challenge and stretch the concept of the “selfie” while still revealing something about our identity. I decided to take selfiies to show what I am undoubtedly bound to in my life.