Stuck in my Head

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Quite a while ago now, the lovely Lauren reached out on Twitter for a bunch of people to submit positive stories and artwork for her collaborative zine on mental health,

Stuck in my Head

. One of my goals for the year was to be more creative and as I was really going through the motions of a dip in my mental health, it seemed like the perfect fit. It had been a while since I had worked to a brief, but was looking forward to the challenge and an excuse to pull on my A Level Photography knowledge!

With the weather being so temperamental, I decided to use it in my favour and snap away at the dramatically changing sky. It reminded me a lot of how I felt at my lowest times. My worry would lead to terrible headaches that would completely engulf me. The sides and back of my head would take turns to throb from the pressure. It got to a point where being constantly clouded by the thoughts and pain became the norm. An overcast day shifted into a sunny one, much like how my days have changed to be so much brighter, and led to the photos below. Looking back through the photographs sparked the line of text I submitted alongside the images;

Even the darkest storms pass

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Even the darkest storms pass...
Even the darkest storms pass...

It was really quite special to get my hands on a copy and physically see my images in the zine alongside an extensive collection of other pieces. The entries are all incredibly insightful, reassuring and heartfelt. Just from reading I feel like I've learnt a lot about the experiences of others, whether they in any way reflect the mental illnesses I suffer or have suffered with or not. Mental illness and working on my mental health has become a big thing for me over the course of this year. Now I'm in a position where I am able to see and understand what I've been experiencing as an illness, I've become increasingly passionate about learning any ways in which I can get better. 

Stuck in my Head

is a wonderful handcrafted book to dip in and out of if I'm ever feeling alone and you can pick up a copy 

here

.