#ONTHEMENDSHADOWS | PHOTO MOVEMENT

Depression is like a shadow that follows a depressed person everywhere, sometimes faint and sometimes overwhelming. But with shadows, there is also light. Depression isn't complete darkness - it is light struggling to shine through the darkness. 

Join On The Mend in encouraging men with Depression to seek help! Using photography, inspire those struggling with Depression to seek treatment and start being on the mend. Take a picture following the theme "Shadows: Light in the Dark" to encourage men with Depression to be on the mend.
Show them that light can shine through when they seek for it.

We're giving away a GoPro Hero 5 for the most creative entry.
Contest ends 26 February 2017, 11.59 pm. 

For more information on how to participate, click here

#Onthemendshadows x photographers:

The title of this photo series is, "Bare, Him".

The hidden front from the public. 

The ‘assumed’ societal judgements towards any man with depression could deny him the courage to seek help, and this is harmful. 

I hope to communicate through my photos on how a man feels when he is isolated in his bare state. The strong sense of loneliness and abandonment in this series of photos seeks to illustrate that he oftens closes himself off from others due to the wrong perceptions of many that men are strong. There are often many thoughts and problems running in his head and people are often oblivious to the despondency behind one’s front.

@WALTERTAN

The only place free from pretence, my comfort nest.

@WALTERTAN

Walking in or walking out?

@WALTERTAN

Barrier
The work arises from the act of being depressed, of which a man's emotions are being pressed down. The physical barrier displayed in the photograph investigates a range of psychological impact upon him. But only with light, will then a person find comfort and thus, the abstract shape of the glass pieces that allow light to come in portrays that, help for these men can come in many different ways but only to the viewer's mind when he/ she contemplates it.

@AIKSOOON

Solitude
The work shows a distinct act of juxtaposition contrasting between light and shadow. But it's clearly seen that when men are in the spotlight, they feel complete solitude, clearly portraying that even when men appears to be fine, they could be facing depression. To reach out and lend a helping hand, then will men face their troubles both in light and darkness.

@AIKSOOON

I've discovered that even in the darkest of times, Light paves the way through the darkest of shadows. We only need to know where to look for it.

@CALVINAVIGATOR

Light always shines bright when it's in darkness // Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
- C.S. Lewis

@JOSHIEEEEEE

Defy the darkness, Light them up.

@GOHSHAOKAI

Why I've decided to join this campaign is because I've always been drawn to helping others in need, be it in anything that I do. And if it's by photography, I'm 100% with it. As much as I enjoy the process of creating, I hope it will mean so much to the audience too, that happens to come across my photos through social media or anywhere.

I enjoyed the process of documenting the life of the people living in Bangkok, Thailand. In my photos that I produce, I've always strive to find peace in a crowded or compact area. I hope you'll be able to find peace by looking at my work of art & that it brings life to any individual. 

To all the men with depression: Never lose faith in anything you do and always believe in yourself. Surround yourself with genuine and positive people in life and I'm sure everything will fall into place. 

@TRIIPSSS

@TRIIPSSS

@TRIIPSSS

@TRIIPSSS

@TRIIPSSS

We all have both light and dark inside us

@UNDERLESKIES

What matters is which of the two we choose to act on. 

@UNDERLESKIES

Deep inside when nothing is fine, we can still look for the light.

@UNDERLESKIES

It is during our darkest moments, where we must focus, to see the light. 

@UNDERLESKIES

Then there will be Hope. Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

@UNDERLESKIES

Inner self

@SMILEWITHJERYL

Facing my giant

@SMILEWITHJERYL

Spiralling

@SMILEWITHJERYL

This piece is entitled 'The Unforsaken'.
Many are plagued with the stigma that by being alone makes you lonely. But in fact, being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world. Surround yourself with amazing individuals who would help develop you. They will be filled with dreams, passion and ambition and help you realize your own! Take that first step today. 

PHOTOGRAPHER: @AD1_SUFYAN
MODEL: @EWANSYAZWAN_ES

This piece is entitled 'The Spiral Self'.
Often at times we struggle to pull ourselves out from dark and spiraling moments. We'd always expect the rope to be thrown at us or better still, someone to pull us out from the slow and dying light. However, what we fail to see is that if we take one step at a time up the stairs, we would eventually be in the light with others. It just takes one to concede the bottom, and that they need to ascend, in order to achieve greater heights.

PHOTOGRAPHER: @AD1_SUFYAN
MODEL: @EWANSYAZWAN_ES

This image is entitled 'The Innate Self'
Being in a fetal-like position, I want to portray the hard wired innocence that we all are; seekers. We live to seek. Friends, success, adventure, etc. We are innately programmed to seek. Even at our most successful peak, we would try to seek out higher grounds. Therefore, if we are in a pinch, seek out friends and families who would get us out from the darkest hours and spread some happiness in us. Seek out solutions to every problems, happiness to every sadness and brightness to every darkness. Remember, you are never alone. 

PHOTOGRAPHER: @AD1_SUFYAN
MODEL: @EWANSYAZWAN_ES

This piece is entitled 'Light Seeker'.
There will always be shadows around us but shadows will never overwhelm because they are created by the presence of light. And just like the soul, the 'light cube' that is being held by this man represents the inner self that is innately bold and strong. Sometimes we tremble and struggle as the tall dark shadows overwhelms our surroundings. But if we pause to understand that we each have that "internal" light to seek out the brighter side of life, we would realise that there is so much ahead of us. So much to explore and experience, hence living life to its fullest. 

PHOTOGRAPHER: @AD1_SUFYAN
MODEL: @EWANSYAZWAN_ES

@KILLERFVITH

@KILLERFVITH

@KILLERFVITH

@KILLERFVITH

Depression is like one's shadow, it follows a person wherever he goes. But depression, like shadows, isn't absolute darkness, because shadows are only formed when there is light. Light is there as long as one looks for it. .

Do spread the word and raise awareness for depression in men, and let's build a supportive environment where males feel comfortable speaking up about their condition.

@THEGREYFLAG

No matter where you go, passion follows

@_YAFIQYUSMAN_

@KILLERFVITH

For far too long, a social stigma has been deeply attached on mental illness especially among men here in Singapore. A topic often being swept under the rug, leading men with depression to not seek help as they're pressured by societal expectations on masculinity. 
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We achieve nothing when we don't talk about it. I hope we'd be able to raise some form of awareness and create a supportive environment for those experiencing depression to speak up about their mental health. It's okay to seek for help. Mental illness is an issue, not an identity. You are not your illness.
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"If you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast, but if you tell people you're depressed, everyone runs the other way. That's the stigma."

@AKIFKEITH

Depression comes in many forms and not every one of them can easily be perceived from the outside. Utilising ‘chromostereopsis’ visual illusion technique where the effect of colour depth perception causes 2D images to look 3D, this series of portraits aim to shed light on the depths of depression, and as well as to spark interest in uncovering the shadow that follows a depressed person.

@JAYDENATION

Depression comes in many forms and not every one of them can easily be perceived from the outside. Utilising ‘chromostereopsis’ visual illusion technique where the effect of colour depth perception causes 2D images to look 3D, this series of portraits aim to shed light on the depths of depression, and as well as to spark interest in uncovering the shadow that follows a depressed person.

@JAYDENATION