James Schofields work uses abstract photography as a way to express his struggles with mental health. When describing the work he states it ‘explores and reconciles my own struggles with mental illness and the ever increasing notion of feeling disconnected from the world’.
His work is inspired from the feelings associated with mental illness, such as solitude. He interestedly photographs in black and white which I feel adds to the feeling of loneliness and solitude. He claims that it doesn’t date like colour photography – trends with colour photography will change, yet black and white does’t date as quick.
He chose to represent the book images in the format of a book, which means that the images are read as a narrative and as Schofield describes – ‘everything can just be part of what’s going on in this little world I’ve created for myself’. I’m looking myself to produce a book for this module, for a similar reason to James Schofield. I want the images to be viewed in a sequence rather than individually, showing a ‘narrative’ of what it is like to suffer with a mental illness.
I’m massively inspired by the way James Schofield doesn’t necessarily use people within his work to represent mental health, but instead used objects to hint at the idea. This is something that I have previously done myself, using landscapes to imply a feeling. I want to experiment with this idea further, as simply producing just self portraiture could become boring and repetitive.