PHOTOVOICE is an engagement and empowerment strategy that uses photography as a tool for social change. It gives any group the opportunity to record, reflect on, and critique personal and community issues in a creative way.
The aim of this project is to motivate participants to be actively involved in decisions that affect their own lives, while decreasing stigma and broadening understanding of their personal struggles. The resulting exhibit, REFOCUSING THE LENS, features the work of five participants who have documented their personal experiences with mental health, eager to represent them to the outside world.
Moment, By Lau
When I feel depressed, I want to be alone. I want nobody around me and I don’t want to be seen. This could be for only a few minutes or many hours. I feel like I need this time alone to disconnect myself from the world. A wall in front of me, so people can’t see me and I can’t see them will do to. But then I need moments of connection. Both are important.