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Chilling Photos Convey The Dark Side Of Depression That’s Rarely Talked About
By Hannah Sofea, 16 Mar 2017
Image by Victoria Krundysheva, featured with permission
Alone, trapped, defeated, melancholic: these are but a few of the words associated with depression.
More than 300 million people suffer, often in silence, from this mental illness. Yet it remains a taboo that’s rarely effectively addressed in many societies.
Unlike Cheeky Ingelosi’s compelling yet soft depiction of depression, the following project by Victoria Krundysheva portrays a darker side of the mental illness.
Titled ‘The Dark Room’, this photo series conveys the internal turmoil of depression using physical affliction.
In one of them, the subject is seen lying on the floor naked—representing the horrid vulnerability brought about by the disorder. In another, the subject’s back is covered in raw red scratches—portraying her attempts at ‘physically removing’ her mental illness.
Krundysheva’s metaphorical statements hit home—accurately describing the fears that come with depression. Have a look through the photo series below, along with her interpretations of ‘The Dark Room’.
For more of Krundysheva’s work, visit her Facebook or Instagram.
“You live in a room full of darkness—the room inside your head. It’s lonely. You entered to hide, but there’s only blackness inside—reflection of nightmares and fears. The darkness wraps around you—you can’t wash it off with soap. You are never clean enough. It has you screaming, but [there is] no sound coming out.”
“You crawl in the corner to hide, but even walls seem to be against you. ‘Just hang in there,’ they will say, not seeing that you’re falling to pieces. The anxiety that never stops; it will make you go mad trying to remove that itch. Your skin is your enemy.”
“It will run thorns through your spine. Everything hurts, but it’s only you. You locked yourself inside. Are you a person worthy of coming out? With that darkness around you, with that spikes down your spine—who needs this ugliness? Maybe a creature like this deserves to be left in darkness?”
“You’re in it alone. No one can see [from the outside] the monsters that hide in the darkness, and only you know that monster you are scared [of the] most—it is a part of you. You walk around [and] meet people, but wherever you go you still carry that dark room with you. You smile, ‘I’m fine,’ but that lonely soul inside is curling up in the last ray of light.”
“Quoting J.K Rowling: ‘Of course it is all happening inside your head. But why does it mean that it’s not real?’ Depression and anxiety are real. They are not something you [can] just ‘shake off’. It is not poetic, it’s painful.”
“The worst pain in the world—the one that hurts your soul. It is nothing to be ashamed of. All of us can get locked up in darkness. It is not something to ignore – no one deserves it, no one can deal with it. No one should. If you see someone entering the dark room or living in it: help.”
[via India Times, images by Victoria Krundysheva and featured with permission]
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