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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Bad Signs

Bad Signs

There is nothing obvious in this picture which suggests anything of solid predictive value, it's a snapshot of where things are at in an instant. And at face value, it all looks pretty hopeless. 

I've long-since been suspicious of umbrellas. I don't mean suspicious in the superstitious sense, just suspicious of the symbolism. In their own way, they're deceiving; they offer scant protection against a hard storm and are really only good for light showers without any wind. Umbrellas are a common object in art and their overall symbolic meaning represents a level of protection; as to whether that protection is adequate or insufficient, we need to look at it in context within the bigger picture. 

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