‘We Live Among You’ photo gallery showcases those with mental health challenges – WABE

In-depth conversations about mental health in America are still relatively new. In popular culture, some movies and TV shows have helped break the stigma associated with mental health issues. “We live among you“It is a new photography exhibition showcasing the many Atlantan residents struggling with mental health challenges. Alongside the photos are personal stories with the words of the subject. The exhibition is supported by Mayor Andre Dickens so is Cultural Affairs Officewill be shown until October 29 at Gallery 72. Two of the five photographers participating in the exhibition, Daniel Troby And the Royce SobelJoin “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes via Zoom to talk about their contributions to the show.

Interview highlights:

Compassionate representations that do not identify a subject with their turmoil:

“I shot all my back. Everything was filmed in black and white. [one photo] It’s for a woman who’s had OCD for 40 or 50 years, and she tells me what it was like — raising a family, having kids and a husband, and having to deal with OCD every single day of her life,” said Grail. He later added, “I put her in front of a beautiful flowering tree, because I I wanted silence. I wanted to give her calm. I wanted to give her something outside of her normal life.”

“I actually did an artist call on Facebook. I wrote a post and said, ‘I would like to see if anyone would like to be part of a mental health project,’” Sobel said. “For me, it was important to photograph people in their homes, because I I wanted to give them a safe space to photograph. And we started our conversations when I first sat down and talked about my personal struggles with mental health, to set the tone and let them feel comfortable, to be open, more vulnerable with me. The concept will evolve organically through these conversations.”

Finding creative ways to capture the essence of an unknown topic:

“The curator, Susan Todd-Rackie, wanted these images to be anonymous, and so it was difficult to create an image and a story without anyone showing who the person was, so only people know who actually is in these images,” Sobel said. He even knows who’s in these photos.”

“I sent a photo… of a woman who had struggled with eating disorders her whole life, and who had a lot of generalized anxiety and depression disorders,” Sobel recounted. “During the pandemic, she picked up a hula hop, not only to do something to strengthen her heart, but it was also something she could focus on and control. So this was something that was helpful to calm her anxiety, and also help her feel better about her body issues. So I photographed her from behind, But the unique part I did was do a slow shutter speed of the hula hop, so it’s part of the composition.”

In liberating sufferers from the stigma of mental illness:

“When we think back to how great it was Rosalynn Carter going back in time to the ’70s and really talking about mental health in this country, [it] It was truly revolutionary, given the time, “Reverse Truby.” The page turned 50 years later. I don’t know how far we’ve really traveled down this road, and I think we have a long way to go when it comes to really opening doors to both mental health and mental health issues… I recently wrote these short stories about my family and my childhood, and I realize that every family has … an alcoholic, drug addict, or someone with a mental health problem.”

“My experiences were very helpful when I was frank about my mental struggles. And I was very ashamed about it when I was younger; I’d been taking some kind of medication on and off since I was 17 or 18. And there were times when I dislocated myself, because I felt like, ‘Oh , I’m good. You’ve got this, and then you soon realize you don’t, Sobel said. “Our brains are so mystical and so charming and so intriguing, we don’t really understand the chemistry that makes some things work for others and some not.”

We Live Between You will be shown until October 29 at Gallery 72, as part of the Elevate Public Art Project in Atlanta. More information is available at https://www.elevateatlart.com/schedule

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