Twenty one-year-old photographer Edward Honaker documents his own depression in powerful self-portraits. The series of black and white images illustrates the photographer’s experience with depression and anxiety.
In an attempt to raise awareness of the topic, Honaker says about the project:
“Mental health disorders are such a taboo topic.
If you ever bring it up in conversation, people awkwardly get silent, or try to tell you why it’s not a real problem.
When I was in the worst parts of depression, the most helpful thing anyone could have done was to just listen to me – not judging, not trying to find a solution, just listen.
I’m hoping that these images will help open up conversation about mental health issues.
Everyone is or will be affected by them one way or another, and ignoring them doesn’t make things better.
It’s kind of hard to feel any kind of emotion when you’re depressed, and I think good art can definitely move people”
Edward’s face is blurred or covered in all of the haunting black and white photos, which are meant to portray the helplessness felt by someone who is battling a depressive disorder.
“All I knew is that I became bad at the things I used to be good at, and I didn’t know why” Edward recalled of the time before his diagnosis. “Your mind is who you are, and when it doesn’t work properly, it’s scary” he noted.
The Honaker’s series of mental illness portraits are a powerful reminder that while each individual’s experience with depression is personal, the feelings can be universal.
Valentina Tomirotti – Disability journalist – and Micaela Zuliani – professional photographer – wanted Boudoir Disability as a blog area and showcase images of disabled people who want to show their sexy appearance in spite of a body not perfect or simply not considered thi .
Boudoir Disability so strongly affirms that even an imperfect body is able to convey the passions, desires and emotions so as emotionally involved as any other.
Miroslav Tichý , born 20 November 1926 in Kyjov he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague . During the communist regime it was considered a dissident, after escaping from the police cecosl. Tichý realized in secret from 1960 to 1985 thousands of photos of women in his hometown of Kyjov, Czech Republic, with cameras built by hand with cardboard tubes, cans. aware of being photographed. Your photos in soft-focus and fleeting glimpses of women Kyjov are oblique , stained and poorly printed ; vitiated by the limits of its primitive equipment and a series of errors in the process of develo.
The MC1R Magazine is a magazine for redheads.
Here a small excerpt of its history:
The story of MC1R
Where did the idea for the magazine come from?
In first there was the idea to realize a photography project with a few friends who all had red hair. After a few weeks I interviewed and photographed a few more people and got a few interesting points of view on this topic. Out of interest I looked into how much it would cost to print a few private copies of this collected work as a small magazine for the people who’ve been part of this project. It turned out that the print costs for 20 easy printed copies was very close to 500 copies in offset print, so I decided to start a crowdfunding campaign to see whether anyone else would be interested in reading something like this and there have been enough preorders to realize the idea.
The rest of the story you can find it on their site:
Palla was saved by volunteers and taken to the clinic, a nylon strap at the neck that nearly decapitated and perhaps wore since she was a puppy. This prevented the blood to flow properly, bringing the head to swell dramatically. But it is fine now, even if his head is not completely deflated, is beautiful all the same.
In the 1980s, Burri created a form of land art project on the town of Gibellina in Sicily. The town was abandoned following the1968 Belice earthquake, with the inhabitants being rehoused in a newly built town 18 km away. Burri covered an area of over 120,000 square metres (1,300,000 sq ft), most of the old town, and an area roughly 300 metres by 400 metres with white concrete. He called this the Grande Cretto.
Personal project where I face the theme of the nude in photography showing my grandmother and grandfather’s bodies instead of the bodies of young people as it’s usually done.
The photographer Anna Volpi has created a photography project on menstruation. See it on: annavolpi.com
Shirin Neshat is an iranian artist of contemporary visual art, known for her work in film, video and photography.
Shirin looks beyond the role of the women, she wants to branch off in the pure identity of each people. The heart of her artistic search see the body as a way to communicate a social condition, the contrasts between Islam and the West, femininity and masculinity, public life and private life, antiquity and modernity..
She is able to shake us with mute stories.
Zarin Series, 2005 ; C-print 47 1/2 x 60 inches (120.7 x 152.4 cm)
Nida (Patriots), from The Book of Kings series, 2012 ; Ink on LE silver gelatin print 60 x 45 inches (152.4 x 114.3 cm)
Muhammed (Patriots), from The Book of Kings series, 2012
Ink on LE silver gelatin print 60 x 45 inches (152.4 x 114.3 cm)
Bahram (Villians), from The Book of Kings series, 2012 ; Ink on LE silver gelatin print 99 x 49 1/2 inches (251.5 x 125.7 cm)
Untitled, 1996 ; RC print & ink (photo taken by Larry Barns)
Dutch photographer Rohn Meijer takes old negatives from past shoots and places them in a caustic chemical bath for months at a time. What he pulls out are negatives forever transformed, if not totally destroyed.
“Sometimes I find that nothing is left because they’ve disintegrated, and sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised,” he says.
The idea for the project came after Meijer discovered a batch of slides in his basement that had been exposed to moisture for 15 years. Most people might have tossed them, but Meijer saw that the moisture had created a pleasing crystallized effect, so he decided to experiment. He began developing a cocktail of water and other chemicals — a formula he prefers to keep secret — that would interact with the silver nitrate on the back of the negative and enhance the crystallization. To keep the negatives as saturated as possible, he built a homemade, hermetically sealed container for them to stew in.
The element of surprise is a distinct part of the process, but Meijer says he sometimes purposely applies his cocktails like paint to specific parts of the negatives to help draw out or accentuate different visual effects.
The Scar Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay.
See also: Under the Red Dress Project
Beth Whaanga’s series of photos called Under the Red Dress show the changes to her body caused by cancer. Photograph: Nadia Masot.
“How radical and provocative is an honest image of a woman’s body?
Beth Whaanga, a mother of four from Brisbane, Australia, is finding out after posting images on Facebook of her body following surgery for breast cancer late last year. Taken by Nadia Masot, the pictures are brilliantly direct, documenting Whaanga’s ongoing hair loss, total bilateral mastectomy, navel reconstruction and hysterectomy scar. Whaanga lost more than 100 friends on Facebook after posting the pictures – and then they went viral. A registered nurse, she describes herself as a “breast cancer preventer”, and hopes to make people more aware of the physical changes that might signal a problem.”
Source: The Guardian
See also: The Scar Project
“I began this book project unknowingly: After shooting some self-portraits with my 5-week-old son Sequoia accompanied by a blog about my newly-round post-Birth body, I was flooded with emails by mothers wanting to share their Incredible, Inspiring, & Sometimes Painful stories with me. It was then I realized I had to tell their untold stories, that a body of work begged to be created! Through Photographs & personal essays from these courageous mothers all over the country, I hope to offer a powerful healing tool for Mothers everywhere. Since inception, 1000’s of women have volunteered & the project ‘A Beautiful Body Project’ was born. Together we can redefine our culture’s idea of a beautiful woman. I have photographed and humbly listened to hundreds of stories now: Anorexia; childhood bulimia; a woman being told by her mother she was too fat to be a ballerina. Self-hatred; self-inflicted-suffering; Feeling unsexy because she perceived her nipples as imperfect; feeling unsexy because she lost too much weight after breast feeding; Feeling like there was something deeply wrong with her because she had only lost 5 pounds 9 months after the birth of her 2nd child; Sexual abuse; teenage & young adult drug addictions due to self loathing because she never felt beautiful; breast cancer after the birth of a long-awaited pregnancy; loss of a baby at birth with a wrinkly tummy & un-suckled breasts to remind her everyday of what might have been”.
“There are so many stories shadowing mothers in our culture. We are, however, also tremendously blessed with vast amounts of freedom as American Women: we are lucky to be able to shape-shift concepts and ideas in our country. We have the ability to choose to feel worthy, to believe we are beautiful and to act as women who wish to share beauty and joy in this world as an inter-connected community of people seeking a beautiful and peaceful life. It is my hope in 2013 to find a publisher for this book of powerful photographs & stories in order to inspire thousands of other mothers who are eager to feel validated by witnessing this exploration of vulnerability as a collective”.
Decadent, extravagant, obscene: the great Czech photographer Jan Saudek together with Sarah Saudek – his model, wife and muse. Jan Saudek was Jewish and having been born in Prague, he lived through the horrors of deportation during World War II. On returning to Prague he was forced to work in secret, hidden in a cellar, where he developed dreams and fantasies whilst living under a rather grey and pragmatic dictatorship. In the seventies he began to “correct” his black and white prints tinting them with watercolours. In his exclusion this “underground man” created an art of dreams, beautifully sad and light: erotic in the most spirited and interesting way. The works of Saudek, are as fascinating and mysterious as Prague itself and have made him one of the greatest living authors. A pillar of twentieth century photographic history. The surreal world of Jan Saudek is a room with plaster peeling from the walls, which filters the infinite. The flesh of the annoyingly imperfect bodies, once exposed to his eye and brush are fashioned in to the unique and extraordinary, which only art can give to the underworld, by touches of melancholy and beauty. For her part Sarah Saudek tells of infinite decadence of femininity, that is impossible to contain or restrict with a moralizing interpretive palate.
Translated from Jan Saudek: la bellezza dell’imperfezione ~ Fotografia Artistica Blog G. Santagata
See also: Jan Saudek: the imperfection beauty
Instagram is a free application that allows users to take photos, apply filters, and share many of the social networking features. Despite the few effects and the standardization of the product it is funny. Particularly interesting is the square format, even if much more difficult to manage than the classic 2/3.
The photos are imperfect but they ‘taste good’.
Source (in Italian): http://www.matteozanardi.it/Galleria-Fotografica/instagram
Technological convergence is the tendency for different technological systems to evolve toward performing similar tasks. Convergence can refer to previously separate technologies such as voice (and telephony features), data (and productivity applications), and video that now share resources and interact with each other synergistically.The rise of digital communication in the late 20th century has made it possible for media organizations (or individuals) to deliver text, audio, and video material over the same wired, wireless, or fiber-optic connections. At the same time, it inspired some media organizations to explore multimedia delivery of information. This digital convergence of news media, in particular, was called “Mediamorphosis” by researcher Roger Fidler ,in his 1997 book by that name. Today, we are surrounded by a multi-level convergent media world where all modes of communication and information are continually reforming to adapt to the enduring demands of technologies, “changing the way we create, consume, learn and interact with each other”. Convergence in this instance is defined as the interlinking of computing and other information technologies, media content, and communication networks that has arisen as the result of the evolution and popularization of the Internet as well as the activities, products and services that have emerged in the digital media space. The Italian artist Piera Gemelli uses the concept of Mediamorphosis to speak about the complexity of the human body.“In this hybrid space the body for its ambivalence and its formation as opening sense, is the protagonist. It is a body media. Land exchange, porous material that absorbs and filters the voltage of the codes that are written in it, opening the continuous transformation and hybridization of languages. It is the body described by Betty Marenko in Hybridizations, or “polymorphic expression and mutation of a multi-faceted, […] which arises from the contamination of meat and technologies, archaisms and metal, leather and ink, […] universal transmitter that makes it possible to ‘data processing experience, thus reducing the complexity and uncertainty of the world around them. In particular, the object of my research is the Feminine, uterine enveloping space but also devouring it therefore becomes a metaphor of liquidity and voracious media. Women Arachnida and Medusee, bodies in transit, that they carry the traces, the bodies of the monstrosity of desire, sirens assembled and fragmented that lead us in paths of desire wandering zapping media. Hybrid creatures of chaos after attending the banquet of the body fragmented, reassembled in the new unit of Mediamorphosis the Visible.”
Source (in Italian): http://www.premioceleste.it/opera/ido:168156/
“If a picture doesn’t tell a story is not a photograph. Maybe it’s the story of all our thoughts, which ones become public and challenge stereotypes and those ones that remain confined for shame.”
Jan Saudek’s photographs leave no one indifferent. They cause in the viewer a visceral rejection or an unconditional appreciation. Underlining the texture and the atmosphere of the landscape that surrounds the characters of the photos, Saudek has recreated a disturbing effect of violence and a unique expression. His themes are repeated obsessively. Through a cheeky use of sexuality (at the limit of pornography), he gives a grotesque and symbolic vision of the relationship and sexual play managing to keep a poem, in the tragedy of contrasts and symbolic messages. The human figure in its raw beauty or obscene truths,with her age, her cares of life and death through dreamscapes dream or nightmare. Saudek ,with straightforward language and full of sensual charge, tells about the beauty of imperfection: very fat or very thin women, with stretch marks, cellulitis and sagging breasts. Thanks to his style, he became one of the first Czech photographers to be known in the West, even if it was the source of several problems with the communist authorities in his country. But the originality of his photographic proposal is indisputable. It’s a desire to portray a different world, the extreme radicalism of his ideas.
Translated from Jan Saudek: la bellezza dell’imperfezione ~ Fotografia Artistica Blog G. Santagata
Quintin Mills is a South African based photographer who in addition to his innovative lighting, uses excellent people skills to know just how to get the best from you to produce his amazing photography for weddings, events, corporate portraits, and everything else he shoots. He started ‘The Imperfect Project’ to produce beautiful photographs of women of all shapes and sizes, young or old, big or small, with tattoos and scars, those who love their body and those who really don’t. He said ‘The idea was to provided these women with an opportunity to challenge themselves, end a period of self doubt or recrimination and to experience something that would make them feel empowered and ready to take on the world. A new beginning.The project is about everyday women confronting the issues they have with their body and instead of holding on to their perceptions, to look at their body objectively and to see it’s beauty. When we realise we are all beautiful in our own way, we can move from feeling “imperfect” to “I’m perfect” and I can do anything!’.
Jodi Bieber is a South African photographer who realized a project: Real beauty project. The main characters of this project are women, ordinary women who are not perfect and who are not ”beauty”.
See also: Instituteartist.com