PROJECT ARTWORK IS NOT YET FINALIZED FOR THE BOOK. This photo essay was originally titled What Mental Illness Feels Like. WEBSITE WILL BE UPDATED WHEN ARTWORK IS FINALIZED.   Visual Analogy Photographs are available for purchase on my    website   .

PROJECT ARTWORK IS NOT YET FINALIZED FOR THE BOOK. This photo essay was originally titled What Mental Illness Feels Like. WEBSITE WILL BE UPDATED WHEN ARTWORK IS FINALIZED.

Visual Analogy Photographs are available for purchase on my website.

PRESS KIT

About the PHOTO ESSAY

The goal of this photo essay, "If You Only Knew", is to create a connection with the viewer through photography and storytelling, decrease stigma and increase awareness of mental illness; and, ultimately, to humanize it.

“If You Only Knew” is a personal photography project inspired by conversations with a friend who battled depression. The result of those conversations was a better understanding, not of the text book definition of his illness, but of how it felt to him in terms I could relate to. I wondered how I, as a photographer, could translate mental illness so that people without it could visually see how it feels, perhaps even relate in some way.

The photo essay consists of photography and interviews. Conceptual photography was used to relay the feelings described in interviews with people living with mental illness. Conceptual photography is a way of showing feelings, concepts or stories—a “visual analogy” created with photography instead of words. Each visual analogy photograph will also have the person's story next to it to enhance the meaning of the image. For many participants I created black and white portraits, as I feel the portraits further humanize the experience for the viewer and help to reinforce that mental illness can happen to anyone.

The Book

The original photo essay is being expanded to include more interviews and photography. The goal is to publish the book in late 2019. Subscribe to newsletter updates about the book.

WHERE TO SEE THE EXHIBIT

Website Link to EXCERPTS OF THE PROJECT

Download PDFs and JPGs

  • EXHIBIT HANDOUT currently being updated (high resolution download) - Includes "What If?" (background of the project), Expectations and Surprises along the way, Myths about Mental Illness and Violence, and What Can You Do? Intended to be printed double-sided on single sheet of 8.5x11 paper.

  • ARTIST RESUME

  • ARTIST STATEMENT

  • BIOGRAPHY

  • PROJECT ARTWORK - not yet finalized High Resolution | Low Resolution

  • BARB KELLOGG'S PHOTO - High Resolution | Low Resolution

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The May 2018 art exhibit was made possible through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, thanks to funds provided by The McKnight Foundation.