For my final photo project, I am creating a series of portraits that depict different mental illnesses. The photo above is meant to visually communicate general anxiety. My subject, Jack Hyland, has been a good friend of mine since high school, and I really wanted my models for this project to be close friends on mine so they could share in the experience of creating a project that is very important to me since I suffer from some of these diseases.
I chose to shoot general anxiety first because it is something that I struggle with every day. The saran wrap around his face is meant to show the suffocating feeling of a panic attack. His hands are placed over his ears because of how deafening any noise can become when you are experiencing a panic attack. I chose these two specific things to visually communicate the experience of anxiety because it is how I have felt during every panic attack I have had since I was 12 years old, when I was hit by a car going 40 miles per hour and was almost killed. This event caused me to develop PTSD and an extreme anxiety disorder. Through this project, I am channeling my experiences with mental illness into photographs to join the ongoing conversation about mental illness and share my own personal feelings that accompany these diseases.