Photo by @relbw
From a long struggle with depression came the inspiration for photographer Arielle Bobb-Willis’ (@relbw) unique style of colorful, contorted portraiture. “When I was 13, my family moved from New York to South Carolina,” says 24-year-old Arielle, who now lives in New Jersey. “I fell into a depression, and throughout high school and then college I was in a deep, dark, gray place. The tense, uncomfortable undertones of my work come from that time where I was really, really disconnected from my body — I felt like my mind was me, but my body wasn’t.”
During her depression, a passion for photography emerged. “That was such a horrible time in my life, but without it, I don’t think I would have turned to photography or even known I could do it,” says Arielle. After the gray-tinged years of her youth, Arielle brings lots of color into her photographs. “It’s definitely representative of me accepting myself more and pushing away from all that negativity.”
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