We are creating a portrait series for a gallery show this summer, and are in need of models who are willing to share their personal stories with us.
Knowing we had this opportunity for a gallery show, we wanted to be sure we created a series that really had some special meaning and impact behind it. After having recently done a smaller series focussing on Brianne's journey with long distance running to cope with her past struggles with anxiety and depression, we saw direct impact on our community, with a lot of dialogue opening up around mental health issues from that group art exhibit.
We saw the power in people sharing their stories, in breaking down the stigma around mental health, and thus, creating a safe space for people to discuss their own personal struggles and stories together.
Because of this, we were inspired to do a show that will be very different stylistically, but try to further explore the concept of coping with mental health in our community.
What we hope to do is shed some light on the various mental health issues people in our community face, in a very raw way.
If you have ever struggled with an issue, be it anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, or any other mental health issue and would be willing to share your story with us, we’d love to meet with you.
Models will be chosen to best showcase a variety of issues to really show the diverse nature of mental health. There are ways that we can creatively hide your identity if requested during the portrait session, and we will also be doing our best to ensure this is an empowering process for you in which you can feel proud of the images created.
We will both be highlighting people who are still struggling, as well as those who have found a way to cope with their struggles. We really want to be able to highlight the variety of ways that people live their lives while coping, whether that be through sport, through the arts, or through other means.
So no matter what part of your journey you are on, we would be very interested in hearing from you.
If you, or someone you know is interested in this project, please get in touch with Brianne at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the creative concept. All meetings will be kept confidential.
At this point, we will simply meet with you to hear more about your story, and talk about the concept we have for the show, after which, we will choose our final list of models.
Thank you in advance!
Brianne and Gary