Photo taken by Cristiana Cappelletti, a 43-year-old woman who lives in England. She was born in Italy in a dysfunctional family that created many problems for her, including the social anxiety from which she has been suffering since she was a child as well as depression. She has been to psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and took antidepressants for 13 years. The latest therapy she tried was CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which helped her a lot. She stopped taking antidepressants a few months ago. Photography was always in her life as a child because her mother loved it. She was often her mother’s model, and her mother became her model when she got older and started using her cameras. She had always wanted to get a degree in photography but there wasn’t one in Italy. When she moved to England she was able to enroll in one and graduated in 2006. To Cristiana, photography is a way to express her feelings and emotions.
About this photo: “This photograph was part of a sequence called ‘Solitude’’ made for a module when I was studying at university, in 2005. In the sequence, I have tried to convey what it felt like to go around in circles in my mind, switching from anxiety to depression, then back to feeling OK for a while, and then back to anxiety again. I used the ‘Scream’, the painting by Munch, as an inspiration for this photo. It was taken in my bedroom where I used to spend most of the time when I was depressed, and I kept staring at that corner of the room which you can see in the photograph.”