In-Depth Project

Hailey Hofer

haileya.atavist.com/visualizing-anxiety

Self Critique:

While this project is different from the typical journalistic format, I feel it really fits this difficult subject of anxiety. I worked really hard to visualize the topic in a way that really helps explain what my subject feels on a day to day basis.  Again, I'm happy I stuck with my subject from the first project to dig deeper into her experience. Though, as I point out on my project page, This video is an illustration of Soehlke’s anxiety. While this is the way she feels during an attack, everyone’s experience is different. This is not to sum up anxiety in three minutes, but to give insight to viewers. I think that's a really important note to make when it comes to topics like these. Not everyone experiences the drowning sensation Soehlke does. That's what makes this project so difficult. Nonetheless, I'm very proud of the work I've put in to this project. It's different from anything I've done before, and it's something I've always wanted to try. I think when covering tricky topics, getting creative is one of the best ways to best ways you can tell the story at hand. I'm exhausted, I've slept for two measly hours, and still have an exam to take before presenting my work. While mentally, i'm drained, I feel great looking back at the work I've completed. Not only with this project, but in this class as a whole. I've learned a lot and truly gained a lot of confidence after working with all the terrific photographers in this class. I think first going into capstone, I was scared out of my mind. I was intimidated and unsure of my abilities. I've come a long way, and I pray that this video shows that. There are definitely things I would love to change or tweak or completely cut from this project, but it's a work in progress, much like myself. I plan to hopefully continue this project, helping others illustrate their mental illnesses. I want to help people feel better and push towards breaking the stigma surrounding mental health.