Claustrophobia is the fear of having no escape of being closed in a small space such elevators, rooms without windows and crowded places. It is classified as a type of anxiety disorder that usually results in a panic attack. It’s usually triggered by a trauma at a young age such as being separated from your parents in a crowd of falling into a pool when you can’t swim. I decided to do a photograph based on claustrophobia and suffocation as the two tend to be interlinked. This psychological portrait focuses on the unconscious mind, an inner feeling of fear that personally affects whoever it’s happening. I, myself, do suffer from this fear and I wanted to capture how I feel in that moment, but in an attractive way. Being in a small room at full capacity is the equivalent of being stuck in a small bag that you can’t seem to get out of. I decided to have the photograph tight to the subject as it gives off the feeling of no escape and lack of air. It makes the viewer feel almost claustrophobic themselves when looking at it. The intention of this piece was to bring awareness to a disorder that not everyone suffers from but is very real and traumatizing for those that do.
It’s been more then a week since i’ve posted which is quite shocking since lately it seemed as thought I was posting almost every other day. I apologize sincerely! Recently i’ve been playing around with 4×5 Large Format film photography in school, both colour and black and white. Although frustrating to drag the equipment anywhere besides the studio the results are more then worth it.
As many of you know i’m currently attending University to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. This past weekend I got in the studio for the first time as I shot one of my best friends Emma. She’s absolutely gorgeous and i’m so thankful that she was willing to let me take pictures of her. Here’s some of my favourites from the shoot.