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Photographer's Haunting Self Portraits Representing Depression

Photographer Edward Honaker is only 21 years old, but he's already felt the weight of the world, as a sufferer of anxiety and depression. Honaker was diagnosed two years ago, and it prompted him to strive to understand the condition, which had baffled him prior to diagnosis. It was then that Honaker decided to express his feelings through his art. He began to shoot the self-portraits seen here, which are almost frightening in their honesty. 

Honaker's intent with his project is to hopefully inspire those suffering from mental illness to be more open about their struggle, and for people who know the sufferers to be less judgmental and more accepting. Honaker told The Huffington Post

"When I was making the portfolio, I asked myself if I was the kind of person whom others would feel comfortable coming to if they were going through a difficult time and needed someone to talk to. Truthfully, at the time, I don't think I was. I've still got quite a ways to go, but the whole experience made me a lot more patient and empathetic towards others."

Read more and see additional photographs from the series in this article, and visit Honaker's website to see more of his work. Via Dangerous Minds


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