“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Ian Maclaren
Unseen is a photographic project that uses fine art photography to depict the experience of struggling with mental wellbeing.
Mental health is ‘elastic’. We all have the potential to have our mental wellbeing stretched at times. Whether it be stresses at work or relationship problems – we all have our ‘things’.
This project aims to help people find a visual language through conceptual photography to help them express their inner experiences. The imagery communicates the subjects’ personal experience of their struggle.
The project also uses imagery to connect with the audience to increase awareness and conversation about mental wellbeing, and unite us in the knowledge that everyone experiences – and can overcome – struggle.
Using ‘magical realism’, I take the every day and skew it. I transform my photographs to create images that better interpret the subjective experience of struggles with mental wellbeing.
I’m interested in making images that challenge our notion of reality, exploring the interplay between the possible and impossible. I use constructed imagery, digitally stitching photographs together in such a way that they present as a single, untampered image.
I’ll be collaborating with a group of around 10 co-creators. The subjects don’t need to have any creative experience, but I am looking for people with strong ideas. Each participant will choose the overall concept and location. Using my skills as an artist and photographer, as well as my own lived experience of mental health difficulties, I will enable them to realise their vision within an image.
The images will be shown in a touring exhibition around the UK and a book sharing the creative process and offering critical insights from Dr Annie Beyer, a counselling psychologist.
Dr Beyer will assist in evaluating the impact of the work, and contribute theoretical knowledge.
Through a series of short videos posted online, I’ll document the process, inviting participant and audience feedback.
You can also follow the project on Instagram.
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Commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council Wales.