State of Mind

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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.