An easy conversation that sounds like what you’d hear over a cup of coffee. (Or tea.) Lisa Johnson of KUMD was an excellent interviewer. It’s a good conversation about the exhibit , art, and the unexpected gift this project has brought to others and myself. Click to read more and listen.Read More
After talking with Candace, I immediately had this location in mind to photograph the interpretation of what she said about how her mental illness felt to her. Wide expanse of prairie, no trees, with little to no sign of civilization. The trick for me was finding the location. — More on the blog, including a video of the area with voiceover.Read More
Words and sketches are photographic ideas waiting to happen.
In the end, I did find this extremely helpful to me to get my ideas down first. …Creating "...the wall...Innocent child. A small flower bud….A powerful, sometimes evil personality. A spider mum. Florist suggests even painting the mum a dark color. ..Idea of a silhouette…Read More
I wanted to share the project videos in one place, and share the survey information I collected during the main exhibit for What Mental Illness Feels Like—Images & Stories. One of the goals of the exhibit was to increase understanding of mental illness, and this project has done that! If you love charts and graphs, I’ve got a couple bar graphs for you showing how empathy and understanding increased among people seeing my exhibit! — Watch for my final thoughts on this project coming soon! (A hint, this project isn't over yet.)Read More
...I created this image for Richard's story of his continuing journey living with schizoaffective disorder with bipolar. I'm including an excerpt from the interview that will be a part of the exhibit. There's a behind the scenes video, too.Read More
What if people would agree to share part of their life story and tell me how their mental illness feels? What if I used my skills as a photographer to visually interpret what people told me? -- The goal of If You Only Knew, (formerly titled "What Mental Illness Feels Like—Images & Stories"), is to create an empathic relationship in the viewer through photography and storytelling, decrease stigma and increase awareness of mental illness; and, ultimately, to humanize it.Read More