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Photo taken by contributor Amy Collier, a third-year photography student who has been suffering with Anorexia for five years and has received various forms of treatment. Now in the process of recovery and starting to move on from the illness, Amy uses her photography to express how the illness has effected her life and to come to terms with living with mental illness. Her creativity is one thing that has kept her positive and motivated throughout her struggles and she hopes to build a career in the arts.
About these photos: “I have to accept that I am a work in progress…but I don’t want to just tick by.
These photographs are from a series called ‘The Year Out’ based on my experiences during the year of 2013 when I had to leave the life I had created for myself to return home, to take a whole year out just to focus on me, treatment, progress, and my health.
During this year I kept a blog, a journal, and used art and photography to document and express all I was going through.
These self-portraits explore the feelings and thoughts I experienced during that year out. There are cyclical themes which re-emerge throughout the piece communicating notions of boundaries, confinement, escape and growth.”