Refocusing The Lens – Picking down the sunlight

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. Picking down the sunlight, By Lau

Artist’s Statement

Looking upside down it is a flower; looking right side up it is a lamp. What exactly is it? It depends on the perspective you bring to your view. I value the art of creativity, the creativity of the human brain. Thinking outside the box leads you to be wiser, to gain a wider perspective. Sometimes, a negative situation can appear to be bad but it doesn’t mean that one can’t also find the sweetness in it. I believe that in every sweetness there is bitterness and in every bitterness there is sweetness. Thus, I have learned not to let [...] continue the story

Refocusing The Lens – No to no

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. No to no, By Lau

Artist’s Statement

Life is filled with opportunities to say yes and to say no. The response you pick always has consequences, sometimes good and other times bad. These are my anxiety pills. I am anxious about many things and I have been saying no to the things, people, and situations that evoke that anxiety within me. This often leads to me staying still, to me getting nothing done. In order to start moving forward and accomplishing things, I think it is time to start saying No to No. Select a thumbnail to see a photo and its story.

Refocusing The Lens – Moment

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

Artist’s Statement

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. Select a thumbnail to see a photo and its story.

Refocusing The Lens – Scattered dreams

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. Scattered dreams, By Aidan

Artist’s Statement

Gambling is and has been an inherent part of my life. Whether it can be blamed on genetics (my Grandfather was an avid gambler and actually won the second top prize in Lotto Super 7), addiction, or a way to reduce boredom and depression has yet to be determined. Gambling addiction is a serious problem that affects about 3% of Canadians and can be a leading cause of depression, other mental health issues, and suicide. Gambling and mental health are tightly intertwined. There are high highs and low lows. Winning $2000 is a definite high while losing all of your ProLine tickets [...] continue the story

Refocusing The Lens – Trapped

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. Trapped, By Aidan

Artist’s Statement

This antique elevator was the last thing I saw before my freedom was taken from me. I remember being very scared when I entered the elevator to visit the mental health offices at St. Josephs Health Centre. I was admitted to the mental health ward (7M) after my visit with the psychologist there. This elevator represents the frightening experience I had with my mental health episode and how trapped I felt by it all. I am thankful that I no longer have to see this ancient elevator as I am now an outpatient, evidence that I am moving forward on my journey and [...] continue the story

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