Anhedonia is a series of biopic conceptual portraits narrating the impact of clinical depression. Motivated by emotional struggle, I initially began creating these portraits as a cathartic exercise and coping mechanism. A means of self-exploration these photos assisted in the self-examination of identity and any loss thereof. Projected through empathetic eyes, these jarring, powerful, raw images illustrate some of the most visceral of emotions belonging to the human condition.
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.
Anhedonia, The Hole, a subseries of Anhedonia, provides the audience with a keyhole perspective into the mind of a depressive. Tender and vulnerable, these images portray corporal figures suspended in darkness, embodying a tale of internal struggle with raw naked intimacy.
This work was conceived through the use of medium and large format film photography. I find that the analog workflow affords me a slow, pensive process.
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 24 X 30 in / 60.96 X 76.2 cm . ed. of five with one artist proof . archival inks on ultra-smooth cotton 330gsm paper . signed on recto