LSU photography student Katie Joy Crawford has personally struggled with general anxiety disorder for over a decade. For her senior thesis exhibition, she chose to make her inner experience the subject of a series of self-portraits. The project is titled “My Anxious Heart.”
The project “explores and identifies how emotionally and physically depleting general anxiety disorder can be from a personal perspective,” Crawford writes. “As I have carried anxiety for the majority of my life, I’ve chosen to photographically depict this battle and its constant presence.”
“Since it is within my own mind where anxiety is born, I have decided to interpret my roles as both instigator and victim through self portraiture.”
Crawford says she hopes that her photos will help people to “understand this weight that so many bear in our society.” The images have also become a type of helpful therapy for Crawford herself.
Image credits: Photographs by Katie Joy Crawford and used with permission