Art is oftentimes an outlet for creative and emotional expression, something that 20-year-old Christian Hopkins knows all too well. The young photographer uses photography as a coping mechanism for depression. He says, "I've been suffering from Major Depression for the past 4 years and it has manifested itself throughout that period in many ways, photography included."

Hopkins' friend, Redditor Musketman, decided to share some of the gifted photographer's powerful images as a means of saving them online because Hopkins had planned to delete them all. The images reveal a vulnerability that speaks to just about everyone. While Hopkins' mental and emotional state may be heightened at different intervals, there's an incredibly relatable sentiment in his work that mirrors bouts with depression, loneliness, lethargy, and a mental battle with oneself.

Since posting the images through Imgur, Hopkins has joined reddit and shares, "I did tell my friend that that I was going to delete my photographs. I was going through a somewhat severe episode of depression, and I am often not myself during said episodes. Who 'myself' may truly be is still something I struggle with daily… If anything, I hope I helped someone with my photography. They're me. Perhaps they are you as well. Maybe they're neither. Maybe they're we."

Christian Hopkins on Flickr
via [reddit]
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  • you have saved me in more ways than one....comforting to know this battle is not fought alone. I thought there were no words nor image that can depict the constant war and destruction in my head but you have done just that and with such eloquence. Thank you for sharing and the best of luck in all your endeavors!
  • too photshoped photography still needs to be photgraphy for me.. i still shoot film and use dark room.. love photshop . but got addicted to it .. and had to walk away from it for a while go back to the film black room .. photshop is just too easy.. and its fake.. not real.. What is phtography? What was phtography? Capturing a real moment in time? Right? I believe that there should be a different place for photoshped photgraphy because it isn't a moment in time.. it is a created illusion ...

  • Wow.

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