Photo Series: The Strangers
Paranoia is a state of mind that causes people to think that someone is out to get them. Paranoid Personality Disorder is one form of paranoia, and is a feeling of being watched, stalked or monitored. The cause is unknown, though a crippling psychosis increasingly common throughout the general population.
When I am home alone, late at night, I hear and imagine things that aren’t really there. Wind banging against a gate, the neighbour’s cat rustling in the garden. It’s a small sense of paranoia, the distress of something coming to get me even though it’s just my imagination. The feeling of being alone and vulnerable to whatever may be outside haunts me, and sometimes cripples me in my place.
I’ve been heavily inspired by Gregory Crewdson’s Cathedral of the Pines and Beneath the Roses series’. His staged and stylised imagery are an intimate look into emotion and a fusion of daily human life and theatre performance. They are meticulous in every aspect of the image; from poses to lighting, it has all been carefully considered. Crewdson has a need in his work to perfectly capture a moment of being lost, in order to present the possibility of being found. This raw emotion and truth depicted in Crewdson’s work is so real to life that the imagery becomes a subconscious self-portrait to its viewers.
This series is an exploration of my thoughts and emotions; delving into my subconscious and my own feelings of paranoia.