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Photographer Documents His Own Depression In Dark Self-Portraits
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Photographer Documents His Own Depression In Dark Self-Portraits

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Different people have different ways of coping with depression, and for Edward Honaker, that coping mechanism is his self-portrait photography. His photos turn his depression into something that can be seen and, hopefully, better understood.

The 21-year-old photographer was diagnosed with depression two years ago. “All I knew is that I became bad at the things I used to be good at, and I didn’t know why,” he told Huffpost. “Your mind is who you are, and when it doesn’t work properly, it’s scary.”

“It’s kind of hard to feel any kind of emotion when you’re depressed, and I think good art can definitely move people,” he continued.

More info: edwardhonaker.com | Instagram | Tumblr (h/t: huffpost)

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There is a beast with heart of cold stone that dashes like lightning, shreds flesh from bone. // Bewitched by this beast, I fell to my knees. My mouth babbled madness and mumbled soft pleas. // I stared down the ravenous, gnashing dark maw of a cute cuddly kitten with yarn in its paw

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There is a beast with heart of cold stone that dashes like lightning, shreds flesh from bone. // Bewitched by this beast, I fell to my knees. My mouth babbled madness and mumbled soft pleas. // I stared down the ravenous, gnashing dark maw of a cute cuddly kitten with yarn in its paw

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thcollegestudent
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish I didn't identify with these so well...I can't say I want to kill my self, I love life and the people around me, but so often it can feel so isolating. Like you can hear voices of happy people from behind a black curtain but if you dare to open it the light is so blinding and off putting.

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of these gave me such anxiety and made me feel like I was suffocating, because they so perfectly captured something I have felt. It such a positive to be able to be creative in the midst of depression. Those are the better days.

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LeannaPeiffer
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I agree with you because when I was depressed doing anything was difficult, especially being creative.

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DebMartinKnaff
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you so much for sharing these. They take away the negative stigma of depression, so many of us can identify with one or all of the photos and feelings attached to them and maybe someone will reach out and get help because of your beautiful works of art. I hope some day we see pics of you with pink & purple balloons, in turquoise waters, snuggled in green bed linens and pearly white teeth grinning from ear to ear.

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Paul2
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What kindness, you sound as if you have a Beautiful Persona. Thank You.

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thcollegestudent
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish I didn't identify with these so well...I can't say I want to kill my self, I love life and the people around me, but so often it can feel so isolating. Like you can hear voices of happy people from behind a black curtain but if you dare to open it the light is so blinding and off putting.

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SamanthaBelcher
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of these gave me such anxiety and made me feel like I was suffocating, because they so perfectly captured something I have felt. It such a positive to be able to be creative in the midst of depression. Those are the better days.

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LeannaPeiffer
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I agree with you because when I was depressed doing anything was difficult, especially being creative.

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DebMartinKnaff
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you so much for sharing these. They take away the negative stigma of depression, so many of us can identify with one or all of the photos and feelings attached to them and maybe someone will reach out and get help because of your beautiful works of art. I hope some day we see pics of you with pink & purple balloons, in turquoise waters, snuggled in green bed linens and pearly white teeth grinning from ear to ear.

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Paul2
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What kindness, you sound as if you have a Beautiful Persona. Thank You.

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