under the surface
by Anni Hill
Anxiety and Depression are topics that are coming up more and more in our society nowadays and that have accompanied me at least for the past few years with the people I have met and friends I have made during that time. Having people in my life who are able to talk about their feelings is great and makes it easier to see what they are going through even though you might think they are fine. However there are still many people out there who feel alone with their mental illness and are not so confident in talking about it.
In December 2017 I attended the Silence Awareness residency program at Arteles Creative Center which helped me to focus on my project during cold silent winter days. "Under the surface" is a photography series that captures the different stages and feelings of people going through depression and anxiety in a very abstract way. The simplicity of the Finnish landscapes in combination with a naked body and a broken mirror shows how transparent feelings can be and how vulnerable this topic actually is. The photographic series is open for interpretation since mental illness is something very personal and can look different for each individual. The series shows photos that are open and accessible for everyone and gives the observer time and space to keep thinking about the topic.