Anhedonia is a narrative art series of biopic conceptual portraits depicting states of being while under the veil of clinical depression. A cathartic psychological exercise, I initially created this work as a coping mechanism and means of self-exploration to examine identity, the loss of my identity, as well as the subsequent transformation of my identity in wake of recovery. Projected through empathetic eyes, these jarring, powerful, raw images illustrate some of the most visceral of emotions belonging to the human condition.
As one evolving body of work, Anhedonia is a three part series of conceptual portraits entitled: Anhedonia, The Chamber; The HOLE; and Self-Transcendence.
Anhedonia, The Chamber is staged to evoke a theoretical void of despair and anguish. A vinyl veneer serves as an all-consuming fog, the subject depicted is trapped, naked and exposed denoting tender vulnerability.
This work was conceived through the use of medium and large format film photography. My vintage analog press camera allows me a slow, pensive process where the photographic procedure becomes a rhythmic, almost meditative, session.
Ultimately, my intent in creating Anhedonia was to utilize the process as a tool to deconstruct depressive disorders, examining how identity is manipulated by neurological and psychological manifestations. I encourage critical conversation relative to collective biases surrounding those afflicted by mental illness.
All Prints are 16 X 20 in / 40.64 X 50.8 cm . ed. of five with one artist proof . Hahnemuhle Rag 306gsm archival paper