What does severe depression look like in photographs? The work of photographer Christian Hopkins may offer a clue. The 20-year-old photographer has been battling Major Depression (AKA clinical depression) for the past four years, and many of his photographs are a reflection of the dark thoughts and feelings swirling around in his mind.
Hopkins is currently registered as a freshman studying biochemistry in college, but has been taking a medical leave of absence in order to deal with his depression.
One year into his struggles, Hopkins picked up camera in order to use photography as a way to cope. He has been doing photography on and off since then.
“I was never all that good with words. That why I take pictures,” he tells us.
Hopkins has never taken a photography class in his life, and his photographs are simply a medium through which he can express himself. “This is just a hobby. A camera, a body, and a mind. Nothing else,” he says.