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Depressive Self-Portraits

Edward Honaker Creatively Captures His Personal Struggle with Depression

— September 27, 2015 — Art & Design
After being diagnosed with depression, photographer Edward Honaker decided to turn his camera lens towards himself for a series of striking self-portraits exploring his relationship with his mental disorder.

Only 21-years-old, the photographer used his talent behind the lens to help cope with and show others the feelings of being lost and alone he associated with his depression. This collection of black and white self-portraits by Edward Honaker give off a haunting feeling of disconnection from the outside world, and perhaps may even allow outsiders to better understand what he and others who suffer from the disorder may be going through.

Speaking to the Huffington Post about his own depression, Honaker says, "All I knew is that I became bad at the things I used to be good at, and I didn’t know why. Our mind is who you are, and when it doesn’t work properly, it’s scary.”
Trend Themes
1. Exploring Depression Through Self-portraits - Capturing personal struggles with mental disorders through artistic self-expression presents opportunities for raising awareness and fostering empathy.
2. Art as a Coping Mechanism for Mental Health - Using artistic talents to cope with and communicate experiences of mental disorders opens up avenues for healing and self-expression.
3. Visual Depictions of Mental Disorder Experiences - Creating visual representations of the internal experiences of mental disorders helps others gain insight and understanding.
Industry Implications
1. Photography - Photographers can specialize in capturing the emotional and psychological aspects of mental health experiences, providing a unique service for individuals and organizations in need of visual storytelling.
2. Mental Health Advocacy - Organizations in the mental health advocacy field can utilize these self-portraits as powerful visuals to raise awareness and challenge stigmas surrounding mental disorders.
3. Art Therapy - Art therapists can incorporate similar self-expression techniques with their clients to facilitate healing and provide a safe outlet for exploring and understanding mental health struggles.
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