Using Creativity to battle Depression – Edward Honaker
I want to apologise for my lack of blogging this month, I have had a very life changing amount of heart break to deal with at the beginning of June.
I am now going to throw myself back into being normal and keep myself busy.. and make sure I have a blog a day!
I will update all the missing days and be caught up by the end of this week.. I promise. There has been a lot going on recently!
So to reflect on this I have found something intriguing with Edward Honaker’s work. He has produced a portfolio of images that shows how he experiences depression. Falling and immersion in water are common themes in his work, as well as literal loss of face.
Edward Honaker is a 21-year-old photographer who was diagnosed with depression 2 years ago. He made the depression portfolio as a way of coping, and to encourage others. “When I was making the portfolio, I asked myself if I was the kind of person whom others would feel comfortable coming to if they were going through a difficult time and needed someone to talk to,” Honaker told Huffington Post. “Truthfully, at the time, I don’t think I was. I’ve still got quite a ways to go, but the whole experience made me a lot more patient and empathetic towards others.”
I love how personal it is and the fact that his work is helping him through his depression. I understand mine is due to heart break and will eventually be back to being myself again, but I can appreciate this feeling and emotion right now and the fact his creativity is helping him can only mean it will help me too.
Remember no matter how hard things get, you have people around you that love you.