The Photographic Journal

Toxicity

Essay 37 • Apr 14th 2016

At the depths of your chest you feel as something is constricting your lungs; as if you had just sprinted miles to escape imprisonment. Your head starts pounding, the pain so great darkness begins to fill your vision. Confused, even torn apart as what is happening. No words can explain the void that has been growing inside. That of a state of insanity? Maybe it's feeling of loneliness. When you realize all these possibilities are that of your current mental state. DEPRESSION...

"Toxicity" a self-portrait photo essay that illustrate the mental battle I faced with the decision of moving across the country to New York without a proper plan and just winging it with nothing but determination. Throughout the battle different states of depression formed; eventually after a mental break down, "the light" was shown again and energy was refocused on the things that make me happy.

Toxicity - by Austin Willis for The Photographic Journal
Toxicity - by Austin Willis for The Photographic Journal
Toxicity - by Austin Willis for The Photographic Journal
Toxicity - by Austin Willis for The Photographic Journal
Toxicity - by Austin Willis for The Photographic Journal
Toxicity - by Austin Willis for The Photographic Journal
Toxicity - by Austin Willis for The Photographic Journal
Toxicity - by Austin Willis for The Photographic Journal
Toxicity - by Austin Willis for The Photographic Journal
Toxicity - by Austin Willis for The Photographic Journal
Toxicity - by Austin Willis for The Photographic Journal

Austin Willis
Austin Willis is a self-taught visual artist from Hayward, CA. Now residing in Brooklyn, NY, he explores expression and freedom through forms such as photography and mixed media. Hoping to capture this beautiful world and portray it how he sees it in his abstracted mind.

Credits
Model: Austin Willis
Photographer: Austin Willis
Style and Groom: Saleam Singleton