This is Katie Joy Crawford, a photographer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Last year, for her final college project, Katie made a series of photos to capture her experience with anxiety and depression. The series is called My Anxious Heart, and Katie created each photo herself, using a remote camera.
Katie said “It quickly became a cathartic experience for me that has led to such healing and self-discovery. I want those that suffer to feel like they have a voice and a hand to hold. I never want anyone to feel alone, as anxiety and depression can be isolating on its own.” Have a look at the pictures below…
On feeling like you’re suffocating:
“They keep telling me to breathe. I can feel my chest moving up and down. Up and down. Up and down. But why does it feel like I’m suffocating? I hold my hand under my nose, making sure there is air. I still can’t breathe.”
On being stuck in your own head:
“A captive of my own mind. The instigator of my own thoughts. The more I think, the worse it gets. The less I think, the worse it gets. Breathe. Just breathe. Drift. It’ll ease soon.”
On feeling stuck in your life:
On feeling paralyzed to act:
On the draining oscillation between depression and anxiety:
On feeling trapped:
On feeling so weighed down by your brain:
On having anxiety around sleeping:
“I was scared of sleeping. I felt the most raw panic in complete darkness. Actually, complete darkness wasn’t scary. It was that little bit of light that would cast a shadow — a terrifying shadow.”
You can view the entire series, and Katie’s other work here.