“People think they know you. They think they know how you’re handling a situation. But the truth is no one knows. No one knows what happens after you leave them, when you’re lying in bed or sitting over your breakfast alone and all you want to do is cry or scream. They don’t know what’s going on inside your head–the mind-numbing cocktail of anger and sadness and guilt. This isn’t their fault. They just don’t know. And so they pretend and they say you’re doing great when you’re really not. And this makes everyone feel better. Everybody but you.”
― William H. Woodwell Jr.
These words sum up the inspiration behind my work. That life isn’t the perfect images we are fed on social media. The anguish people with mental illness deal with, trying to hide the broken parts of themselves until they no longer can. The images illustrate the loneliness and feelings of despair and disconnect they are experiencing, whilst for everyone around them the world is still bright and “normal.” Yet, although still broken, they, and life, can still be beautiful – it can be “Perfectly Imperfect”
TAFE Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging 2021 Final Portfolio
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