One of the limitations of photography â€” especially that which eschews unrealistic post-processing â€” is that it provides limited means for expressing emotions. There is no link between the feelings in your mind and the data your sensor collects, unlike the stroke of a pen in forming a word of brush in making a drawing.
Nonetheless, photography is art-by-doing. An unaltered photo is a credible statement: I was at this place, these things were around me (Exif data can make it especially intimate). In that spirit, I tried to take a walk to express grief and pain photographically. When you’re sick with these feelings â€” when your brain feels like it’s being pulled apart â€” one answer is to travel somewhere strange and remote. To listen to the night wind blowing across something enormous and cold.
I’m working on practicing non-self-destructive ways of handling overpowering emotions.