Do Not Remove Pins From Body [Butterfly Variation]

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.”


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6 thoughts on “Do Not Remove Pins From Body [Butterfly Variation]

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  1. This is a sad and somewhat distressing photo. I found half of a butterfly wing in my yard the other day – our many birds are always busy catching them. It looked so forlorn, yet still beautiful…


  2. So good to see your appearance here, John.
    Wonderful image, I like that you had the patience to.wait until the amount of dust suited your purpose. The butterfly adds a poignant note and an excellent detail to the image overall.
    Your words are wonderful too, s good to learn about you and the symbolism of your piece, especially in such eloquent terms.


  3. Amazing piece of work! I can’t imagine having the patience to spend that much time on something… but, I’m certainly glad you had the patience… as someone who has suffered chronic depression most of my life, I can very much understand, and relate to the way you describe your photo… your artistic self speaks very clearly.


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