I am dedicating 2018 to a special personal project called La Mente, which means “The Mind” in Italian. It is a portrait series on mental illness. Each participant has volunteered to share their personal story of mental illness in visual representation. This project was born of my own personal struggles with depression and anxiety, and I hope to spread its awareness. The goal is to normalize mental illness, to show that it affects people of all walks of life, and that there is beauty even in the darkness. This is my first participant, Teagan.