The next subject I’ve photographed for this photography series is Panayiotis Dexiades.
As all of us celebrated the LGBTQIA+ Community whilst at Croydon Pridefest in July, I photographed Panayiotis whilst he was taking photos around Wandle Park.
His genuine emotions above convey the message I wanted to get across as his facial expressions convey curiosity, while taking into account the stress and pressure he may have felt.
Because mental health is often overlooked by some, it’s essential we open up and express the genuine emotions we feel as it matters.
Remember, never let your genuine emotions go unnoticed as the way you genuinely feel down matters and opening up is the best thing to do.
Don’t listen to the people who tell you to ‘man up and sort yourself out’, as they are the kind of people who expect you to be a version of yourself to please them.
Don’t ever prove yourself to anyone.
You are living proof that you can be whoever you want to be without conforming to anyone’s standards and expectations of you.
If you ever need to reach out to anyone if you’re feeling suicidal, depressed or if you’re going through the grieving process after losing someone close to you, whether it be a family member/relative or a close friend, please refer to the mental health organisations page on this website, as I want this photography series and this page to give you the opportunity to be able to get your voices heard and to open up and let go of whatever is holding you back and is getting you down.
Device Used: iPhone 7 Plus
Location of Photoshoot: Wandle Park, Croydon, United Kingdom
Date of Photo-Set Produced: Saturday 13th July 2019