“We all are a little bit crazy!” sounds like a fun statement to address ourselves. Conversely, those who are sometimes referred to as ‘The Crazy Ones’ by the society, the ones who are battling mental illnesses cannot associate this statement with fun.
Nishtha Chauhan, a photography enthusiast from Jai Hind College, expresses the visual meaning of various psychological disorders through her photo series.
She mentions how emotions and lights have always captivated her whenever she looked at anything through the lens. She says, “When the opportunity to make a photo series came my way, I thought of staging the negative emotions involved in certain mental disorders through gestures and light!”
Her images are enthralling, yet at the same time, extremely petrifying!
“Photography to me is painting another picture. It is much more than just reading between the lines,” says Nishtha.
2. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
3. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
5. Multiple Personality Disorder
8. Depersonalization (Detachment from self)
11. Bipolar Disorder
12. Anorexia Nervosa
13. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Editor’s note: Although dementia isn’t exactly a mental disorder, the photographer has included it in her series due to the behavioural effects of the illness.
City Lights is a Bayside Journal initiative to acknowledge a series of student photography projects over the next month. The series will depict well-crafted pictures by students keeping in mind the nitty-gritties of photography as a subject. We hope these images will inspire you to explore the field and find your muse to pick up the camera and capture it.