Photography, BA (Hons)
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Mindfulness is a project that focuses on the visualisation of my own mental health and my journey with the struggles of anxiety. Throughout the project I am documenting my mental health journey through the period of self-isolation and how physical materials can be of use to visualise this journey and how I’m feeling on a day to day basis.
Conceptual research played a massive part in me being able to execute my project how I wanted to, due to dealing with sensitive subject matter, I have looked into different therapeutic techniques to be able to successfully execute this creative project through the self-isolation period such as colour therapy, mind to body connections and also ink blotting techniques.
Moreover, the research into different materials helped me arrive at my final project edits and was vital to my visual pieces. I wanted to use materials that had a connection to the human body itself further linking the mind to body connection.
With further experimentation from the start of my project and the research I have done I started experimenting with fire and water within my visual process, particularly as the human body itself needs and uses heat to survive and is made up of around 70% water, so these natural materials played a massive part in creating this visual creative process.
The main aim for the project is that there is no right or wrong answer to how you view the images in this series, the images are there for discussion and for you to interpret in a therapeutic manner but also showing that mental health can be visualised in a creative manner.