The Concept of Expression: Jamie Albert Hills


The next subject I’ve photographed for the series is Jamie Albert Hills.

Back in May, Jamie & I travelled to Battersea Park to do a photoshoot considering it was the first time in almost two years since we first met up at Croydon Pridefest in 2019, and it was the perfect reason to make up for the lost time.

The day we met up, the weather was overcast with intermittent moments of rainfall and sun, which was perfect as the rain provided a different backdrop for me to produce rain shots on and off.

This photo-set is my first attempt at producing a photoshoot in heavy rainfall as Battersea Park faced a few batterings of rain. I covered my camera under my coat every time the rainfall was heavier.

To my surprise, I’m genuinely impressed with some of the rainfall shots! They came out better than I anticipated!

Jamie conveys his body language and emotions perfectly; from feelings of curiosity to feelings of anger and mixed feelings of doubt and positivity, his feelings and expressions spoke volumes visibly that mental health affects everyone differently.

What’s heartbreaking about mental health is it’s overlooked by many; it is a grey area to some who still believe it doesn’t exist.

How would life have a purpose if mental health didn’t exist?

Mental health provides purpose because it shapes everyday life for everyone; how we feel, the way we think, and the way we express our true selves is vital!

For too long, the world has been silent on mental health.

Now, and beyond the pandemic, we must open up more because anyone we know could be battling depression in silence.

Let’s use this opportunity to open up and keep opening up, and encourage everyone around us to open up more because we all must check in on each other to make sure everyone’s coping and managing, even if we’re on our own or not.

In the New Year, I’ll be publishing the photoshoots I originally intended to publish this year, and I’m excited for all of you to see them!

Please feel free to comment below what you thought of this photo-set, and if this set of Jamie inspired you, please let me know as I want all of us to keep opening up more as mental health matters!

Alex Smithson

Equipment Used:

DSLR Used: Nikon D3300
Lens Used: TAMRON AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2

App Used: Instagram (Free)
Filter Used: Inkwell

Date of Photoset Produced: Saturday 15th May 2021

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