Research – Francesca Woodman

Francesca Woodman creates haunting self portraits, which become more poignant when knowing she suffered from depression and took her own life at the age of 22. Her work was arguably not noticed while she was alive, but after her tragic death the work took on a whole new meaning and gave importance to it. Using […]

Research – Laura Zalenga

Laura Zalenga’s work is predominantly self portraiture, using epic landscapes as a backdrop for her images. She often appears without clothes in her work which for me creates a vulnerability and rawness. This is something I often do within my own work for the same reason, vulnerabilityShe often appears without clothes in her work which […]

Personal Experimentation

Over the last few months I experienced symptoms of depersonalisation – feeling disconnected from myself and everything around me. I experience this when my anxiety is heightened, and wanted to photograph this experience. I have previously experimented with self portraits being out of focus, yet I feel this is more appropriate now than before. It […]

Personal Experimentation

Continuing with the experimentation of photographing the body, I wanted to focus on the concept of how anxiety makes you hate yourself. Although the marks left on my body within these images are physical, it represents the scars that mental illnesses leave as well as the struggle in having confidence within yourself. Technically I am […]

Personal Experimentation

After looking into the work of Ashvini Ray, I wanted to experiment myself with photographing the body close up, rather than the tradition ‘full body’ portraits I usually produce. Unlike Ray I chose to photograph in colour, as I felt it gave the work more of an uncomfortable feel, which is the aim of my […]

Research – Ashvini Ray

Ashvini Ray’s work focuses on close ups on of the body finding beauty in the little details. She states in an interview ‘the fact that these “things” essentially make up who we are’. I find this relatable to mental health because close ups of the body can not only represent the physical symptoms of mental […]

Research – Kev Hawken

‘Kev’s work highlights his frustration, despair and sense of isolation from living with anxiety for the past twelve years, using his student accommodation as the site for Disorder.’ – Fragmentary.org. I relate straight away to the work of Kev Hawken, which highlights the feelings that come with suffering from anxiety. The fact it was shot […]

Personal Experimentation

After being inspired by James Schofields work, I wanted to experiment with the idea of using objects to portray a feeling, rather than using people. I chose to use flowers, looking at the something that will deteriorates over time. For me the two images together represent the idea of having hope and loosing hope – […]

Research – James Schofield

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 […]

Research – Gabriel Isak

Gabriel Isak cleverly combines landscapes with his subjects to give the impression of loneliness throughout his work. ‘I work a lot with self-portraiture, but it’s always anonymous and abstract, for the reason that my work is so personally inspired that I know exactly how I want the subject to look in an image.’ The above […]

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