Grief & Preservation of Love Lost

Grief & Preservation of Love Lost

A first glance at this image and I thought of how relationships can be a double-edged sword providing both security and confinement. I'm sure most of us can relate to the feeling of suffocation in an abstract or metaphorical sense. Some people, no matter how well-intentioned, simply suffocate the life out us. They somehow manage to rob us of that vital life-force needed to create, play, or express. As I looked closer at the king's face, I could see signs of devotion and desperation to hold onto someone he has strong feelings towards. But, first impressions don't always tell the whole story and curiosity forced me to find out the real intention of this piece of work. 

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A Girl Called Melancholy - Cheeky Ingelosi

A Girl Called Melancholy - Cheeky Ingelosi

Cheeky Ingelosi, a.k.a Janelia Mould, is a talented self-taught conceptual photographer and digital artist from South Africa. The images chosen for this post are all a part of a series which looks at her personal experience with mental health issues, in particular, depression. Because this series of work is so directed, I took the unusual step of contacting her beforehand, and I offered her the opportunity to read the post before it was finished in case there was anything she would like to say or add. Thankfully, she only said nice things and mentioned she'd been able to gain more insight.  When I first came across Janelia's work, I felt no hesitation in my desire to explore her images in a more meaningful way. All quotes given here accompanied the original image postings on Facebook.

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