Dualities

 

In Dualities I seek to present the internal and external lives of people that have bipolar or major depressive disorder. Each component of this body of work consists of two portraits. One shows the subject presented, as they want to be seen to the outside world; in contrast, the other portrait is set in the space where they retreat into solitary moods. My subjects and I collaborate to create two images.  Each person selects how and where to be photographed, and hand-writes the caption for both of their portraits.

 

As a person who suffers from bipolar 2, I am acutely aware of the dualities of life that people with this illness face. We have an internal life, that we rarely share and an exterior persona, as witnessed by acquaintances and colleagues. These photographs offer a peek into the subject’s dual nature.    

 

My subjects and I collaborate to create two images.  Each person selects how and where to be photographed, and hand-writes the caption for both of their images. My aim is to expose the hidden diseases of depression and bi-polar disorder. Sufferers feel they must mask their symptoms in order to function in the outside world. I hope to give a glimpse to the viewer, about the internal lives of people who struggle with disorders that are often misunderstood.