I am participating in the #ReachOut fine art and concept photography campaign created for Men’s Health Week 2017, urging men to seek support when fighting depression.
You can find the campaign here: headsupguys.org/reach-photography-campaign
HeadsUpGuys is a resource for supporting men in their fight against depression by providing tips, tools, information about professional services, and stories of success.
I think that HeadsUpGuys is a great initiative dealing with a cause close to my heart. Providing information about depression in men is very important, but maybe even more important is the effort to break the stigma and tear down the myths surrounding these issues; to show that it is ok for guys to talk about mental health and depression, and to show that it is ok to seek support. I am happy and proud to be able to help this cause.
This one I call "Broadcast", and you can view it larger in the gallery.
This one I call "Under", and you can view it larger in the gallery.
This one I call "United", and you can view it larger in the gallery.
I usually work deliberately slow with my art, letting each idea and piece take time to evolve and mature, but sometimes the opposite happens; that I find something I feel I need to get off my chest right away. I got the idea for this one in the shower Friday morning and by lunchtime it was finished, in a single four hour, caffeine fueled, session. Over the weekend, I spent another eight hours refining it and getting it ready for print, but the essence of the picture was created in those four hours.
I would maybe not recommend this approach to creating since it’s very straining, but I do think that sometimes feelings and chance can get you to places that planning and thinking can’t.
This print will be available in a limited edition of 10 signed and numbered prints. It will also be available as licensed reproductions (poster and canvas prints) through retailers world-wide.
This one I call "Time", and you can view it larger in the gallery.
Since my daughter was born, two and a half years ago, the concept of time and how I choose to spend it has been central in my thoughts. Time is a finite resource, we all will run out of it sooner or later, but it is also the only resource we really own. I feel that keeping this concept (and in extension the reality of death) close by in my mind has helped me figure out a lot of stuff, and that is part of what I'm trying to touch on with this picture.