Kate Zhydkova

  • Ukraine
  • Kyiv
  • In my work I reflect the influence of the outside world on the emotional and physical state. Most of my work is self-portraits. My goal is to use photography to convey to people the value of self-research and the importance of maintaining mental health.

    Every event, word, emotion affects us, especially bad ones. Over time, they manifest physically. Like black dots that appear on our body, consuming us. A change in our state provokes strong discomfort, which creates a desire to get rid of the darkness inside by any means. But this is impossible, because darkness has become a part of us. All that remains for us is reach agreement with her.

  • https://www.instagram.com/kate_zhydkova/

Tracy Whiteside

  • USA
  • Elburn
  • REDEMPTION:  This image was shot in studio on a black background with one light.  The golden light at the top and mist at the bottom were added in post.  It tells the story of a young woman, lonely and empty inside, but the warm light of the universe shines on her.  

    Every photo has a story to tell. I tell stories with photos. This particular one was unplanned. It literally popped into my head during a fashion photoshoot. I take that as a sign from the universe that the tale must be told. Women, older women in particular, have far fewer opportunities to disseminate information. We have lived and learned. Our experiences should be shared. At this point in my life, my only agenda is to benefit and comfort others. 

    Mental wellness finds its way into many of my photo essays. It is critical that this message communicated not only to raise awareness, but to let those who fight the good fight every day know that they are not alone.

    The high contrast in these images represents duality. Warm tones indicate the positive sides of her personality. Cool lighting reveals her icy cold self. She is mostly expressionless because she feels dead inside.

  • https://www.instagram.com/whitesidetracy
  • https://www.facebook.com/TracyWhitesidePhotography
  • https://www.tracywhiteside.com