My entry for the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards - Category: Brief - Theme: Identity

Identity may be innate, perceived, bestowed, imposed; it can be lost, it can be found. But its power lies in individuality, identification and definition of the self. I use simple lighting and photographic techniques to explore its facets through the eyes of depression – from society’s expectations and preconceptions to the reality of what it means to be a component of identity. Most people today have at least an idea of what it means to be ‘depressed’, a distant notion of mental health and a societal expectation of what sadness should look like. But, in reality, beneath the surface lies a spectrum of emotions struggling to co-exist. A three-dimensional person who cannot be reduced to a single descriptor of ‘sad’.