For my concentration in AP 2D, I am focusing on the effects of different disorders on those effected in order to highlight the importance of recognizing these issues and providing the proper help for those who struggle with it. This piece above is my insomnia piece. I used the spider webs to represent a stillness, similar to the cobwebs you would see in an inhabited environment, as well as to create a sort of cocoon in order to encase my model in slumber. I do this to idealize the struggle of not actually being able to receive that slumber no matter how tangible it might be. I incorporated pill bottles into the spider webs because I've discussed with my sister the struggles she faces with insomnia and I know she often takes a multitude of pills just to fall asleep.
This is my Schizophrenia piece. I'm still struggling to get comfortable with this piece because I'm aware that it isn't to par with my Insomnia piece. What I was aiming to accomplish though was to capture the hallucinogenic aspect of what people with schizophrenia face. I discussed this struggle with my friend who actually has schizophrenia and she really helped me understand her struggle in deciphering fiction from reality and how she often is prevented from doing certain things because of her fear of what the fiction might entail. I'm faced with disorders and mental illness within my family and I see the struggles of people I care about whether its in education, social situations, or any other environment. I want people to see an understand these issues rather than fear or ignore them.
I was unable to sleep one night and i decided to get up and try to depict that sort of 3 A. M. feeling when unable to sleep. I'm actually quiet happy with the way this turned out even though it is one of my many self portraits.
I was sort of just experimenting in photoshop with this picture but I did have an idea behind it. I wanted to address the process of growth within a lifetime and how at a young age you've really lived almost none of your life.
I like this picture but it just seems so personal to me, I struggle with photojournalism and using it as a finished photograph because of this reason.
In this picture I was considering varies methods of adding interest to a portrait. Here I projected a picture onto my wall and sat in front of the projection. This allows me to tell a story and evoke an emotion that might be absent from just a regular portrait.