Young Photographer Takes Surreal Self-Portraits to Cope with Depression

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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Comment by Votre Ame on March 19, 2014 at 8:51am

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 ...

Comment by Zelly Jeffers on December 24, 2013 at 1:30am

Wow.

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