Photo taken by first-time contributor John Luke Chapman a 46-year-old photographic artist who lives by the sea in Brighton, UK. He suffers from clinical depression which, despite going undiagnosed for many many years, has been a life-long condition. About a decade ago, severe agoraphobia appeared as a new and unwelcome twist which forced him into an almost total re-invention. A cocktail of pills and therapies have begun to enable him to emerge from his solitary fugue. But it is only a beginning.
About this photo: “the photograph took over three years to prepare in order for the distressed shirt & suit to accumulate just enough dust. it is not algebraically symbolic but rather an attempt to tap in to a variety of emotional states; melancholic & tactile, but never sentimental, the dust-suit is both the shroud and the chrysalis of depression. of the darkling eye. the butterfly exaggerates these extremes; the expected is undercut by the unknown. many see beauty, transformation and hope in the form of these delicate wings but I am extremely phobic of butterflies and moths.”