Photos taken by Rachel Bussières, a 26-year-old Quebec City, Canada native, currently based out of the North Coast of California. She has been connected to mental illness since her childhood, when she had family members close to her struggling with different mental health issues. When she was 7, her uncle, who was deaf and suffering from depression, came to live with her after a car accident. Many years after, he is still struggling with mental health issues. Rachel, who has a fine arts diploma and an anthropology degree, dedicates herself to the study of territories, inhabited or otherwise. After receiving a grant in 2009, she traveled and worked in India where she developed her artistic approach from humanist photography and visual anthropology. She has also lived, photographed, and performed anthropological research in Amsterdam and Morroco. In 2011, she started to experiment with the fine art of paper making with natural fibers. The paper that she produces now serves as a support medium for her photographs as she continues to expose and publish her work around the world.
About this photo: “Uniting the Sea, the Earth and the Human Being, Mélancolie is testimony to both the fragility and the strength of the interrelationship between the three. Experiencing the natural forces of the Mendonoma Coast, in California, the individual finds himself in harmony with the surroundings. A nostalgia and melancholic feeling emanates from his relationship as one becomes aware of the role one plays in the environment.”