Edward Honaker

In the history of art, strong emotions and feelings usually are key elements which incite the production of art. Well known artists, guided by their moods and sensations, have been Edvard Munch and Van Gogh. Closer to our days, a very young photographer created a series of pictures showing his depressive and anxious state: that's the case of Edward Honaker, a twentyone years old photographer.

I found Honaker's series on some blogs, and I perceived it as a kind of shout about the theme of mental health issues. To me, the family portrait is the most representative and strong image showing the feeling of loneliness and the common moods associated to depression. "Mental health disorders are such a taboo topic. If you ever bring it up in conversation, people awkwardly get silent, or try to tell you why it’s not a real problem. When I was in the worst parts of depression, the most helpful thing anyone could have done was to just listen to me - not judging, not trying to find a solution, just listen. I’m hoping that these images will help open up conversation about mental health issues. Everyone is or will be affected by them one way or another, and ignoring them doesn’t make things better."

I think that we have to take care and pay more attention to these "taboo" topics, being more open minded. I hope this series might help raise awareness about mental health, or at least reach some deep part in us.