On Childhood Trauma

Time to talk about something scary: childhood sexual trauma. Psychology Today says that up to 40% of females and 30% of males will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. Nearly half of you reading this, statistically speaking, have endured this special sort of terror. And if you haven’t, you most likely know someone that has.

And I’m sorry for that.

I’ve been creating a series of self portraits, exploring my own experience. I want to photograph others who have experienced sexual trauma in their childhoods, since there doesn’t seem to be any photography projects that explore this topic conceptually.

Synapses Firing

Depersonalization

Hypervigilance

These portraits are just interpretations of my experience from living with trauma. I’m interested in photographing others and make their stories into conceptual portraiture as well. If you’re interested or know someone who may be, feel free to contact me. I am willing to travel.

Trauma is a really crappy thing, but maybe we can talk about it more through photography.

Happy Shooting!

 

8 thoughts on “On Childhood Trauma

  1. This comment as posted on Ashley’s site. ”As disturbing an image as the experience. Many/most victims of sexual abuse suffer schizoid episodes some time in their lives.” Relating to the last image. The middle one tells it like it is as well but I’m not sure about the top one. Do you know the work of Jaimame Tscape? She has images of women with blown up balloons tied around their faces and in video format, they turn round and round until they fall, get up, turn some more until they fall, then they get up and turn some more…. I’m sure you get the idea.

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