The Photographic Journal

On The Edge

Essay 122 • Jan 18th 2017

Depression is defined as a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects the way you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes may feel as if life isn't worth living. It’s estimated around 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide.

I am one of them, I’ve suffered from depression most of my life. Self-portraits are a way for me to document, process, and articulate the feelings that come with my depression. There have been many times in my life I have struggled with the ability to articulate my emotions, but I have found that translating them into photographs is much simpler. Self-portraits are cathartic and give me the opportunity to create something when I may be feeling uneasy.

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Kimbra Audrey is an American photographer living and working in Paris. She takes Self-portraits exclusively on film, which she develops herself at home. She currently is part of a group exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles on the female gaze.

View Rock Bottom, also by Kimbra for The Photographic Journal