You’re probably wondering what I’m trying to do here, you’re also probably wondering whether I was sober when coming up with the idea for this shoot. That I’ll just leave up to you.
Mental Health has been a bit of a bitch for me these past ten years. It’s not exactly your best friend, especially when you’re a confused 18 year old metal head trying to figure out what the hell you’re doing with your life! Fortunately, I was quickly able to find my therapeutic tool to soothe my sanity which was my camera. With this I could balance my creativity with my frustration. As the years rolled by, my camera technique progressed and my ideas and narratives became more bizarre and abstract. My love affairs with Patti Smith, Twin Peaks and Salvador Dali were soon starting to show in my photographs and performance art……my anxiety and dark thoughts were also being shown too.
Video Talk – ‘Another Girl, Another Planet. How Photography and Punk became my medicine to conquer S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder)’
I was living in a thriving, wild, artistic and loving community – yet I never really talked about my S.A.D with my friends until just before the end of our final year. I didn’t publicly come out about it until last year also. With the rise of the #MeToo movement and Mental Health Awareness groups and campaigns on social media, this encouraged me to show that I’m not ashamed of who I am.
Most of my shoots have been more about the models themselves and their own uniqueness. For this recent one, I decided to delve within my comfort zone, get in touch with my dark side and unleash it onto the camera.
Model: Demi Hannah Scott
Hair and MUA: Cici Von Crypt
Photos: Jeanie Jean Photography