To tell you about this photographic project, I need to tell you something: for about two years I have been suffering, in order, from generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia and depression and every day I wonder if I have not always suffered from some of these things, without admitting it to myself.
The difficult part after all was never to realize that suddenly my heart beats crazy, even skipping a few beats if necessary, or that my breath is quite short, rather it was hard to give a shape and a reason to the thoughts that accompany all this, such as the fear of dying from a moment to another, that of being affected by something that makes me less than the media of people around me, that of not deserving positive things but only negative ones, etc..
In short, without bothering you with my mental vicissitudes, I am the perfect subject to be part of the photographic campaign of Charlie Clift: Let’s Talk, which was born with the intent to open a conversation about mental illnesses, clean them from that layer made of stigma and shame, know them to be able to fear them less. In her shots, Charlie – who has suffered from depression for a long time – relies on the help of the lettering artist Kate Forrester, who paints on the faces of volunteers and subjects of the photos, the words they would use to describe the mental disorders of which they are affected.
There are those who have written on a cheek that they feel fractured within it, those on the forehead admit that they do not feel worthy of feeling happiness, those who have a face full of hopelessness, darkness, pain. All in white characters, which unlike the daily struggle with their disease, will go away passing us water. For this reason, Charlie immortalizes these moments, these faces, these words