When words aren't enough...

 Photographer Chronicles Struggle With Depression Through Enchanting Self-Portaits

Photographer Chronicles Struggle With Depression Through Enchanting Self-Portaits

Don’t get me wrong…words are great. The ability to discuss, banter, describe and consequentially feel understood….all rewarding experiences that we are lucky to have. But have you ever had a feeling that you just can’t articulate with words? An experience that your vocabulary, no matter how vast, just can’t describe?  Huffingtonpost.com describes this very experience in an article about photographer Aleksandra Stone. Following the death of a friend, Stone began creating autobiographical self-portraits, using imagery to capture the feelings of deep depression she  experienced, but could not vocalize. In her photographs, Stone uses her own body, diverse landscapes, and intricate materials to explore the depths of her emotional states. The results are powerful compositions that speak loudly, providing a tangible narrative for Stone’s personal struggles.

Stone’s photographs are beautifully done and the article does a great job of describing her use of photography as a therapeutic outlet. Yes, words are great, but it’s important to remember that we have many other ways to express ourselves. So when words fail, try thinking outside the box. You may surprise yourself…

*If issues arise during your process, don’t hold back in getting the help of a trained art therapist to support you along the way :)