Art Reflects Life

Words and Photography: Sydney Heard

Models: Thor Nanda and Ashley Sims

Approximately 1 in 5 people you meet have mental health issues. I think that is insane for how little it is ever mentioned. Especially in social media. It’s really disappointing to see “influencers” who could easily change perspectives and enlighten others on mental health, choose instead to heavily saturate Instagram and other platforms with cheesy smiles, suggestive stares, fur coats, and Gucci belts.

I’ve wanted to address mental health for a long while now. As someone who has been diagnosed with depression, photography has gifted me the ability to bridge the gap between creation and expression. 
I don’t think we take it seriously enough. We need to take off the rose tinted glasses - even for just a moment - and see that people can be so terribly sad, and feel so incredibly hopeless.

We are a generation that attempts to buy love and happiness with drugs, but those feel-good symptoms are as temporary as the tabs that melt on our tongues.


As a whole, the point of this project was to shine the light on the darker side of what people face day in and day out - let those out there who are struggling know they’re not alone, and never forgotten.

I believe that empathy is one of the greatest gifts we can share with others. To be aware and have an understanding for how each other feel.

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