Portfolio: ; Project
In 2013, “Project Semicolon” was created as a movement to bring awareness to suicide. People all over the world are getting the tattoo as a representation of encouraging love and hope to those that have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, etc. Project Semicolon states, “A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.” In December 2012, I created a photography project simply titled “PTSD.” As someone who continually battles PTSD, I used it as a photographic sequence of how I may view my surroundings while trying to inspire hope that there is healing. However, it did not seem to be enough. In September 2015, I decided to take it a step further. I started another project, this time naming it “; Project” to bring hope to others who also struggle with PTSD and depression. This photographic project speaks to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the intent that it provides some sort of hope to the viewers not to give up; to choose life. Too often people are falling victim to suicide because they cannot see past the depression and darkness. Viewers (specifically those that struggle with these issues) are encouraged to focus on the photos in this series and find something positive and then share their responses (if comfortable doing so) in order to create a group full of support and hope. My goal with these images is not necessarily to bring awareness to PTSD and depression, as I feel I have done that already with my PTSD series, but to bring hope, love, support, and encouragement to those who already struggle with it and to help them choose life.
Most definitely I will be adding more work to this project. However, I am in love with it so far and the positive outlook I am able to achieve through it so I wanted to share the images so far