by Anna Randal

Depression is an issue troubling many people in today’s society. Artists have often discussed this through their work, and in Edward Honaker‘s case it led him to a powerful series of self-portraits. The 21-year-old was diagnosed with depression 2 years ago and expressed his anxieties and issued in a black-and-white series of self-photos. His beautiful set of images stand as a metaphor for his own battle with depression, and depict how the photographer saw it in himself.

“When I was making the portfolio, I asked myself if I was the kind of person whom others would feel comfortable coming to if they were going through a difficult time and needed someone to talk to. Truthfully, at the time, I don’t think I was. I’ve still got quite a ways to go, but the whole experience made me a lot more patient and empathetic towards others,” Honaker told Huffington Post.

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