‘Uninhabited’ “Maybe we feel empty because we leave pieces of ourselves in everything we used to love.”
Dangling’ “Why can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which one fits best?”
‘Forgotten’ “Somebody asked me if I knew you. A million memories flashed through my mind, I just smiled and said: ‘I used to’.”
‘Barren’ “Some days, I feel everything at once. Other days, I feel nothing at all. I don’t know what’s worse―drowning beneath the waves, or dying from the thirst.”
‘Withering Away’ “It’s feeling like you’ve lost something but having no clue when or where you last had it. Then one day you realize what you lost is yourself.”
Conceptual photographer Janelia Mould of Cheeky Ingelosi Fine Art Photography specializes in shooting surreal concept images that tell a story. Based in South Africa, Mould’s work gives a window into her mind, transporting us with her into a fantasy land.
Specifically, her series Melancholy – a girl called depression is a moving account of mental illness. The conceptual portrait photography reveals the raw emotion felt by sufferers of depression. Haunting, beautiful, and revealing, each self-portrait conveys the complexity of an illness that an estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from, according to the World Health Organization.
As artists continue to shed light on depression, using their creativity as a healing outlet and to spread awareness, they break through barriers. By artistically exploring what the mental illness means and how it feels, they are also creating a lifeline to others who may feel isolated and alone in their suffering.