One in Four One in four people in the United Kingdom suffer with a mental disorder. This can include anxiety, depression, insomnia, schizophrenia, bipolar, eating disorders, and personality disorders. The rate at which these disorders are being diagnosed indicates mental health is on track to become the world’s largest recognised disability.
Heavily influenced by Jo Spence’s Phototherapy methodology, Lauren Woods uses the camera as a way in which to alleviate persistent anxiety. Having suffered various mental health disorders from a young age, Woods has developed a daily routine in which she makes photographs to explore and visualise her anxious thoughts. The work is realised by handprinting fibre-based prints in the darkroom––a slow–making antidote to her fast-paced, erratic thinking.
Woods’ empathetic work aims to reach out to those who may be suffering with a mental disorder, however this is a deeply personal project in which she is using photography to explore and accept herself.