This series is an intimate visual journal which began in March 2020, and a gentle mediation on mental health in the wake of the global pandemic. As a freelance creative I lost all my work when virus struck, and like so many I continue to face a precarious future. Set within the four walls of a domestic environment, living with my partner Rosie, the series is a representation of the complicated emotions we experienced, battling with loneliness, depression, anxiety and unemployment.
The images in this ongoing project are memories of these private moments, at times when we felt it most acutely, helping Rosie and I to make sense of this complicated and distressing situation we found ourselves in. Whilst this series began as a simple coping mechanism to deal with the immediate effects of social lockdown and unemployment, it is my hope that it can provide scope to view not only how the damaging effects of this crisis can be felt on a very personal level, but to find valuable space to discuss the stigmatism that continues to surround male mental health.
With suicide one of the largest killers of young men in the UK, I hope that in sharing my own short story, others may find understanding and compassion in a very lonely and difficult time. As a gentle response to sensitive issues of mental health, this series quietly celebrates the strength and courage it takes to keep it all together when everything feels like it is falling apart.
Lastly, I wish to dedicate this series to my every loving and supportive partner Rosie, you really know who you love when you need them the most!
All images and text © Gavin Smart
By Gavin Smart
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