The Concept of Expression: Dwight Agyei


The next subject I’ve photographed for this series is Dwight Agyei.

As we were nearing the end of the third lockdown, the sun was shining and the warmth of Summer arrived, I seized the opportunity to capture Dwight’s genuine emotions, and because it was three years since we met up, the catch-up was needed.

It was a release of emotions that we all felt during the height of the coronavirus pandemic two years ago, and it was refreshing to open up about how the pandemic changed our way of living, including the way it reshaped our mental health.

When we did the photoshoot, there was an understandable feeling of anxiety in the atmosphere at first because of the fact it felt different socially distancing while the measure was in place, but we became accustomed to this measure that eventually the measure would end.

I was amazed by how this photoshoot turned out as the genuine emotions Dwight expressed were a reflection of how we were all feeling knowing the third lockdown was almost finished, and his emotions expressed exactly what we were all thinking and feeling prior to the end of Lockdown 3.

What was so refreshing was Dwight’s expressionism of his genuine emotions came to the surface, and he allowed the world to see life from his point of view while he expressed himself.

Mental health needs to be more widely recognised and taken seriously; in this world we live in, suicide rates have skyrocketed during the pandemic.

Mental Health Foundation found in 2017 nearly 6,000 suicides recorded in Great Britain; in that number, 75% were men, and suicide has been the largest cause of death for men under 50.

Speaking up about our mental health is vital; we should never be afraid to confide in our friends and family, and no one should ever face battling mental health alone.

If you need to talk to someone and are expressing suicidal thoughts, located below is Samaritans’ number.

Samaritans: 116 123

Official Website:

If you want to refer to more helplines and further contact information, please refer to the Mental Health Organisations page by hovering your mouse over the Mental Health column to click on the Mental Health Organisations menu link.

If you’re on a smartphone or tablet, press the drop-down menu for ‘Mental Health’ and tap on ‘Mental Health Organisations’ to be directed to the page.

Please let me know if this photoset I’ve produced inspired you to open up, and I want you to know that you can always open up about your mental health on this website anytime as we all need to get the conversation going to make a positive difference on each other, including making a positive difference on everyone else.

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 5th June 2021

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