Matthew Boyle

Matthew is a 31-year-old living in Coventry with his partner Jo and beloved pet Royal Python, Ellie. He spends his working life as a Parts & Aftersales advisor for a motorcycle dealership but loves creative photography, playing the guitar, collecting vinyl records and the occasional pub quiz.


Alone

This is a self-portrait that aims to give a sense of how small and oppressed you can feel when you are alone and feel like everything is gloomy. From my perspective everything is dark, and I’m walled in. Of course, as an observer it is easy to see the light entering from the right-hand side. If I only I could see it.

Missed Calls

Why can’t I pick up the call? It seems like such an easy thing to do from the outside looking in but the more missed calls there are, the harder it can get.

Hiding

Another self-portrait. Sometimes it just seems like hiding away in the dark is the right thing to do or is even a reassurance. It’s obviously light outside. It might feel safer not to expose myself and to stay in my comfort zone, but to everyone else I’m just harder to see.

Rain

As the world happens outside the window, it’s easy to lose focus and instead concentrate on any problems you may have. As much as you try and see past the rain you just can’t make anything out. If you could though, you may be surprised to know that there was the most amazing looking sky and the horizon is brightening up. 5 minutes after this image was taken, it was all burnt away by the sun.

 

Ghost

A third self-portrait. Although the exposure was 13 seconds long, I was only present for the first few. You might not have been able to see me at all if not for the flash of light from my left. This visually represents the feeling of not really feeling yourself, and of being uncertain of your place in the world.

Light

This collection visually depicts both isolation and the oppressive mood that can seem such a barrier to communication and interaction with the outside world when an individual is experiencing depression and/or anxiety. These depict my own experience with the subject.
            My own journey with mental health started when I found myself the victim of assault, and I had no perceived support network that I was able to share my experience with. Of course, I have since realised that I did have support from various quarters, and that in reality it was my inability to engage with my surroundings that was the issue.
            I don’t really believe that any two people experience anything in exactly the same way, so the emphasis is on the mood evoked by the images – images are better for projection and empathy, after all – and so the descriptions are only my own perspective. Hopefully they will resonate with you, and perhaps even in a constructive way.

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